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Last chance to tidy up paddocks before winter

Published on 16/04/2018

And that applies whether you’re working with farmers trying to clean up multiple paddocks, or lifestyle block owners who only
have relatively small areas to control.
Richard Brenton-Rule, lower North Island territory sales manager for Dow AgroSciences, says autumn offers a golden opportunity to nail hard perennial weeds while they’re still growing, using Tordon PastureBoss or Tordon 2G Gold.
“It’s the last chance to really hit them before winter, while there is still green leaf present. Control in winter becomes much harder, because they’re not actively growing.”
This season such a spray programme will be more important than usual for many farmers, he says, because so many pastures are in poor shape after bouts of extreme weather.
Weed populations are very high, particularly for Californian thistle and buttercup, and he’s fielded a lot of calls recently about dock, too.
“The challenge with those perennials is that they burst back into life in spring, and by then farmers are typically so busy with lambing and calving and spring in general there’s no time or chance to spot spray pastures, even though they don’t like seeing those weeds there.
“Autumn is a bit quieter, and it also coincides with the time that many weed species draw energy reserves down to their roots or rhizomes to carry them over to spring, which increases the herbicide’s systemic action.”
A key strength for aminopyralid, one of the active ingredients in Tordon PastureBoss, is that it is highly systemic in itself, so an autumn spray really helps kill weeds from the roots up.
It also controls a very wide range of weeds, which is why Brenton-Rule says it has become a go-to for lifestyle block owners
and small block holders.
“In many cases what we’re finding is that with Tordon Pasture- Boss, these customers only need one herbicide in their shed because there are not many weeds it does not control. We sell a lot of 1 litre and 5 litre packs into this market.”
Tordon 2G Gold, meantime, is a granular broadleaf herbicide formulation that offers farmers an easy way to keep on top of
low density weed infestations as they see them from the ute or bike, when moving stock or otherwise travelling around the
As a spot treatment, it can be applied by hand, with a weed stick or via a prill applicator.
“You don’t have to carry a knapsack, or remember to come back later to treat the weeds. All you have to do is carry some Tordon 2G Gold in or on the vehicle.”
For more detail, talk to your Dow AgriSciences territory sales manager.

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