Do you want to Beat Brome?

Do you have a problem with brome on your farm?  Are you interested in getting involved with a group of likeminded farmers and agronomists to help solve your problem?

As part of the AHDB-funded project ‘Investigating the distribution and presence, and potential for herbicide resistance of UK brome species in arable farming’, at ADAS we are continuing an Innovative Farmers field lab on Brome.

Bromes are highly competitive weeds, with infestations of sterile brome with populations as low as 5 plants/m² causing up to a 5% yield loss. As part of the project our survey has shown that sterile brome is the 2nd most problematic grass weed in the UK, after black-grass. Brome is not just a problem of the North and the West as previously thought, all species are widespread in arable areas as this map shows.

Experimental work within the four-year research programme will provide information on the potential for herbicide resistance evolution in UK brome weeds and identify methods to help slow or prevent resistance evolution of these grasses.

We also want to find out what works best in the field

We still lack information on brome species; particularly when they emerge in the field, what species are present and where in the field they are located. Understanding the weed will help us target the weaknesses in its lifecycle and improve cultural control. We want to know what has been tried and what is currently working for you.

Join a field lab

If you're interested in joining this field lab and sharing your experience of brome or have ideas on how you manage the weed please email Sarah.Cook@adas.co.uk or call for more details on 01954 268 215.

By joining this field lab we hope that farmers will have the opportunity to have a better understanding of brome on their farm and how to manage it more effectively. This might include future on-farm research on aspects of control that are of concern for group members, such as increasing the seed rate, using competitive crops such as hybrid barley, optimising the use of spring cropping, ploughing and headland management. 

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