Controlling Rushes Without Chemicals
Soft rush infestation is a growing problem. In this field lab we explored different ways of controlling rushes without chemicals, and sustainable rush control.Rushes can take over grass and clover swards with knock-on effects for livestock productivity and profit margins. The overall aim of the field lab is to improve productivity: to carry more stock and/or produce more silage or hay.
Find out more about this field lab
Contact us to find out more about this field lab, which will be completed in summer 2016. You can also read the reports and materials from activity so far below:
Soil Association field lab notes
- Grassland management essentials: Part 1 (drainage and soil structure)
- Grassland management essentials: Part 2 (pH and nutrients)
- Cutting rushes: topping and mowing
- Seed mixtures: suitable grass and clover species for reseeding
- Biodiversity: managing areas of rushes for environmental benefit
- Managing rushes without chemicals: presentation by David Michie
- Managing common rush without chemicals: field lab feedback by Ian Cairns
Field lab case studies
Further sources of information
- Ian Cairns presentation: Land improvement and control of common rush without using chemicals (Ian Cairns, Agrifood Technical Services Ltd)
- Teagasc technical note: Soft rush and damp pasture
- RSPB management guide: Rush management
- AHDB management guides: Healthy Grassland Soils - four quick steps to assess soil structure and Control of Common (Soft) Rush
- SRUC Farming for a Better Climate Practical Guides: Alleviating Soil Compaction, Improving Soil Quality, and Soil Management
- SAC technical note: Soil information, texture and liming recommendations, TN656
- SRUC presentation: Soils, re-seeding and grassland improvement programme (John Holland, SRUC)
What are field labs?
Our field labs are DIY research trials, run with on farms and holdings across Scotland. We want to help you find out what really works, on your land, for your business. Our field labs bring land managers together with researchers to find real-word, practical solutions for tricky farm problems.
Each field lab group researches an issue proposed by the farmers and growers themselves, testing out results across their own holdings. Each group meets up to four times for over a period of up to two years to track the progress of the DIY trial and compare notes.
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If you'd like to share any experiences or ask any questions about rush management (preferably with some photos) then contact us and let us know. We can bring these to this field lab's rush management expert. Helping you with your management of rushes, helps us gather more information for this project that we can then share with others.