Weed control in conventional and organic oats

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Weed control in oats is difficult because there is a limited range of herbicides available. Currently, all preemergence products are classed as ‘Extension of Authorisation for minor use (EAMU)’ and most of these apply only to winter oats. Spring herbicide options tend to be targeted at broad-leaved weeds; grass weed options are very limited.

In organic oats, there are three key methods of management that will reduce weeds: weed control during the ley phase of the rotation, the use of stale seedbeds and mechanical weeding in the crop.

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