Paterson’s Curse

Australian Wool Innovation Limited - Meat & Livestock Australia

Type: Research Paper
Knowledge level: Advanced

Farm Table says:

This research article looks at Paterson's curse - how you can identify it on your enterprise, manage seed spreading, identify the source and consistently monitor to ensure its controlled. This article also gives pasture and grazing management tips as well as case studies from eastern Australia where producers have been dealing with Paterson's curse.

What is the problem?

With the prevalence of Paterson’s curse in Southeastern Australia, this chronic livestock poison to weeds spread quickly and difficult to remove. Thus, before it even exists especially during seasons of winter and spring, preventing it to enter the seed by taking early action is essential.

This paper establishes multiple ways to prevent seed set and disallow the bare ground to establish it.

What did the research involve?

This thorough research provides the 3D’s of weed management to effectively manage the establishment of Paterson’s curse to the weeds. This 3D’s are deliberately planned and made for farmers who need assistance because the effects of Paterson’s curse may cause wide uselessness and devastation to the pasture and profitability.

What were the key findings?

D number 1: Deliberation
● Do stocktake. In your farm, early detection and inspection of the paddock for Paterson’s curse are critical. Map out any signs of infestations. Then, identify its sources and causes. This is best done during winter.
● Planning ahead is also essential. Set realistic goals, then develop staged long-term strategies for dense infestations and take these in action.

D number 2: Diversity
● Use several tools. Through implementing a wide range of integrated control methods, prevention of its entry to the seed through constant attention to infestation sources may halt seed set. These tools may include a timely manner use of competitive pastures, cultivation to kill weeds before seed set, use of herbicides, biological control, repeated slashing, and crop rotations for 3 years on arable land.
● Pasture management is vital. These competitive pastures must be deeply rooted with a strong perennial component so that it suppresses the coming forth seedlings in late summer/autumn and grow firmly in winter and spring.

D number 3: Diligence
● Persist with control. This includes monitoring the areas of infestation through farm updates and counting weed densities, right timing for control measures in regards to the seasons, and following up the repeat or adjustment of your prior poor strategies.
● Prevention is always better than cure. Stop seed set as soon as possible. It can be through quarantine or destroy new outbreaks with spot spray and hoes.

Final Comment

Nonetheless, the 3D’s are completely effective for Paterson’s curse continuing setbacks and aftermaths, but it is an optimum necessity to understanding the nature, growth, spread, and the weakest point of Paterson’s curse. This knowledge will guide the proprietors to plan and eventually actuate the effective strategies in preventing the weeds from being afflicted with Paterson’s curse.

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