How to kill weeds and grasses before starting no till farming

Weed management prior to emergence

No till farming is a welcome practice for Australia’s dry soils. Agrowplow direct drilling is ideal to establish a new crop or pasture with nominal soil disruption. 

Weed control is a fundamental part of your management process. Heavy grazing, crop rotation, slashing and herbicide rounds are ideal practices to build into crop management. Remember, certified seed and adequate fertility, correct seeding rates and placement of your seed should help keep nasties away and protect your tonnage. 

Weed management after emergence

The management practices after emergence however are just as important. Inspect your crop or pasture regularly for weed growth. 

If weeds become a problem you have a number of options open to you: 

  • Use a selective herbicide to kill weeds. 
  • Strategic grazing or slashing can help reduce weed growth. Graze heavily in short periods to remove weeds.
  • Applying fertiliser may help in some situations. 
  • Cutting hay can remove weeds. 

 

Further practices to maximise your crops are: boosting the soil quality with festiliser and protecting from insects. 

Fertiliser

Australian soils generally require this helping hand, given its low fertility. Young plants especially need good nutrition. 
Most crops and pastures can benefit from a boost after seeding. 

Insect pests

Looking out for insect attacks as part of regular crop inspections can help eliminate their impact of emerging or established crops and pastures. 

  • Use treated seed.
  • Spray if only necessary. 
  • Grow species or varieties resistant to local common pests (be sure to check with regional advisers and agents first).