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  1. Trials Show Value of Competitive Crops – Agronomist & Arable Farmer – Toby Kellie

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    Toby KellieNew trials in Oxfordshire are showing how crop competition can make a valuable contribution to black-grass control within an integrated strategy.

    It is the fourth year of the Hutchinsons trials at the Mollington black-grass centre near Banbury, where weed populations have fallen from 1,500 plants/sqm to 50 plants/sqm, by focusing on cultivations, soil health and rotation.

    The dramatic reduction in black-grass pressure has allowed winter wheat to be reintroduced to the site for the first time in four years and Hutchinsons agronomist Toby Kellie is investigating how wheat can be managed to suppress black-grass, through drill choice, variety and seed rate.