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Cleaning up Silage fields

  • 10-01-2022 12:09pm
    Registered Users Posts: 26 Ursulal

    Hi all,

    We have two meadows that have become very dirty in recent years with rushes and docks. I guess all the wet summers have played a part because they are generally dry fields. Obviously we can't keep cutting these fields for much longer as it's affecting the quality of the silage.

    What's the best course of action to take right now in cleaning them up? Will we have to forgoe using these meadows for awhile during this process?

    Thanks in advance.


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,889 ✭✭✭✭ Reggie.

  • Registered Users Posts: 26 Ursulal

    Yes, but with what exactly? Forefont t round up? Best time to do it? Etc

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,120 ✭✭✭ Mooooo

    Take a soil sample before any slurry goes out. If there is rushes there prob is a few drainage issues to sort as well.

    Spray any weeds if need be but if very bad a reseed might be needed.

  • Registered Users Posts: 26 Ursulal

    It's funny they were reseeded a good few years ago and ever since every sort of a weed has appeared in it!

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,845 ✭✭✭ Jb1989

    Mcpa for the rushes,,,


    forefront t, docstar, hurler, lots of others for the docks.

    Ideally you'd want to spray a young rush, when growth starts to go well, April, May time.

    Docks, when they have a nice big leaf, but not when gone to seed.

    Doc spray won't do anything for the rushes,

    But mcpa will do a bit of all.

    You probly want to spray both individually, but if you didn't, a heavy mcpa spray would kill the rushes, and would slightly stunt the docks.

    Give the docks a good spray then when they appear after first cut silage.

    Crops will be down due to the spray, but will at least be cleaner.

    Also you could 'weed lick' the rushes, with round up, but would take 2 runs over the year to clean it properly.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,419 ✭✭✭ memorystick

    I graze sheep on the silage ground in the winter. Weed numbers are going way down.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,808 ✭✭✭ White Clover

    Lime will help greatly too. Will aid drainage and reduce rushes.