“Weeds dictate everything that we do. It’s a whole systems approach. The chaff cart is not a silver bullet, but it’s a pretty big linchpin in the whole system.” – Lance Turner, AHRI & WeedSmart 2013 Resistance Champion.
After completing an AHRI Ryegrass Integrated Management (RIM) workshop in 1996, Lance realised the most economic choice to drive down weed numbers was to use a chaff cart at harvest.
Towing a chaff cart for the past seven years in combination with a range of other tactics has been the key to Lance’s ongoing success with weed control.
Lance admits he initially had reservations about adopting a chaff cart due to the perception that it slows down harvest and because of the extra work required burning chaff dumps. However, he has developed a system that works well on his farm.
His tips and tricks are below, along with other material to help you. Remember to keep an eye on this page – we’ll be keeping you up to date with everything related to the chaff cart.
- Sensitivity analysis – grain yield factsheet
- AHRI insight: Rules of thumb (weed seed retention at harvest)
- AHRI insight: Spoiled rotten (all HWSC)
- AHRI insight: To win the war you must win the battles (all HWSC)
- GRDC IWM hub: managing weeds at harvest
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