Envy, the herbicide launched three years ago, is rapidly becoming the herbicide of choice for horse paddocks.

Manufactured by leading global chemical company Corteva Agriscience, it is powerful on a wide range of weeds including buttercups, dandelions, plantains, daisies, docks and chickweed.

The fact there are no issues with residues in manure makes it an ideal choice for broad spectrum weed control in horse paddocks.

Envy contains two powerful ingredients – the tried and tested ingredient fluroxypyr and the new active ingredient for grassland, florasulam.

The mix of these potent chemicals with two different modes of action has added a new dimension to weed control. This is reflected in the big increase in usage of Envy, particularly in horse paddocks, over the past three years.

Both Envy and Pastor Trio are very safe to grass, offer a wide spectrum of control on weeds and can be used on horse paddocks.

Pastor Trio: Powerful on thistles

Pastor Trio, another recent addition to the Corteva Agriscience range of systemic herbicides, also provides excellent control of weeds in horse paddocks.

As well as containing fluroxypyr and florasulam, the two ingredients found in Envy, Pastor Trio also contains clopyralid.

It is highly effective on the same range of weeds as Envy. Importantly, it is also powerful on thistles, a persistent problem in grazing pastures.

Envy and Pastor Trio should be applied to grazing paddocks at two litres/ha in a minimum of 200 litres of water. Animals should be kept off paddocks for seven days after spraying.

Get the timing right

Chris Maughan, technical manager with Whelehan Crop Protection, which distributes Envy and Pastor Trio on the Irish market, stressed the importance of correct timing when spraying with Envy, Pastor Trio and other systemic herbicides.

“Best long-term control is achieved from spraying when weeds are actively growing and have not reached the flowering stage.

“Docks should be sprayed when they are 15cm to 25cm high or wide and before a seed head begins to show.

“While good results can be achieved from spraying buttercups at the flowering stage, spraying before they flower will deliver best long-term control.

“Therefore, where buttercups and other weeds have flowered, the most effective route to long-term control is to top the pasture and wait for three to four weeks regrowth when weeds should be at the ideal stage for spraying.

Grazon Pro is highly effective on brambles and other weeds at fences and railings

Spot spray now with Grazon Pro

Weeds such as brambles, nettles, docks and thistles at railings, fences, ditches and hedges are unsightly. If not controlled, they can spread rapidly throughout a paddock.

Spot treating with Grazon Pro is the perfect solution to the problem.

Containing two powerful root killing ingredients – triclopyr and clopyralid – it is powerful on a wide range of weeds including nettles, docks, buttercups, brambles, gorse, cow parsley, thistles and hogweed.

It should be applied at a rate of 60ml in 10 litres of water using a conventional knapsack sprayer, a quadbike sprayer or a suitable lance on a tractor mounted sprayer. Keep animals off treated areas for seven days.

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