Pasture spraying is an important part of paddock maintenance but may not need to be carried every year if the paddock is well maintained and healthy.
Weeds will appear at some stage and are easily dealt with by spraying selective herbicides.
Pasture spraying is an integral part of paddock maintenance. Weeds will appear at some stage in paddocks and grassland but with by spraying selective herbicides can be eradicated. Plants such as docks, thistles, Ragwort, fat hen, buttercups, daisy, dandelion, speedwell, bristly ox-tongue and nettles can start to grow in the best-maintained paddock and pasture. For more information on identifying weeds, please download our free guide.
Compact tractors fitted with a modern boom sprayer can spray areas where it is too small for large agricultural sprayers to operate efficiently. Pasture spraying manually with a backpack sprayer can be tedious and will not always give the required results. Certain herbicides manufacturers, such as Corteva, do not allow spraying with any handheld device for many of their products.
Accurate Paddock and Pasture Spaying
Spraying herbicides and pesticides directly on to paddocks and pasture is very difficult to accurately by eye. GPS systems make our pasture spaying more accurate, efficient and cost-effective. Our compact tractors outfitted with John Deere Greenstar GPS, and self-steer systems allow our operators exactly where they are in any area and self-drive along a given heading. The sprayers have Isobus controls meaning that exact amount of chemical and water can be applied correctly, giving maximum accuracy.
As a landowner, we are required to furnish you with a full report on what we have sprayed. Area, type and amount of chemical, water volume used, temperature and wind speed are necessary for your records. Spray records, application map and weather conditions downloaded from the tractor are emailed directly to you.
Timing of Herbicide Spraying for Grassland
Spraying herbicides should be carried out from the beginning of March until the end of October. The best results occur when weeds are growing actively. Selective herbicides will not kill grass but may destroy or damage clover. Some manufacturers recommend specific times and certain sizes of plants to get the best results.
Exclusion Period After Pasture and Paddock Spraying
Animals should remain off and away from treated for a period specified by the manufacturer. Typically the exclusion period is seven to fourteen days from the date of spraying before any livestock be returned to grazing pasture.
Ragwort can be deadly to livestock and horses in particular. Selective herbicides, such as Headland Polo, will kill Ragwort. However, horses mustn’t be returned to pasture until the Ragwort has been eliminated and preferably removed.
Qualifications for Pasture Spraying
Staff are fully trained and insured in all types of paddock and pasture spraying and hold the City and Guilds Part 1, Part 2 and Part 6 accreditation for application of herbicides and pesticides with tractor mounted and knapsack sprayers. Nowadays it is illegal to spray any professional herbicide or pesticide without these qualifications.
Health and Safety for Pasture Spaying Services
We take herbicide and pesticide spraying in paddocks and pasture very seriously and always take into consideration all health and safety aspects before we start any job. These will include operator safety, people in the surrounding areas, wildlife, aquatic life. Wind speed temperature and other weather conditions should be taken into consideration when applying herbicides and pesticides.
For further peace of mind, we are a member of the National Register of Sprayer Operators, NROSO.