Black Grass

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 21st October 2015.

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Photo of Lord Greaves Lord Greaves Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the problems resulting from the spread of herbicide-resistant black grass; and what action they are taking to address them.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords)

Herbicide-resistant black-grass has been confirmed in over 30 counties in England, with the eastern and south-eastern counties being particularly badly affected. Monitoring the prevalence of black-grass was introduced into the Defra Winter Wheat Pest and Disease Surveys in 2012 following reports of significant problems in controlling black-grass weeds in wheat crops. Research shows that a number of cultural methods can reduce black-grass incidence including use of ploughing, rotation and delayed drilling. The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Cereals and Oilseeds Division has brought together a range of advice on its website to help farmers tackle the problem of black-grass.

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