For those experiencing problems with ragworts, the harmful weed with yellow flowers, there are great ideas on how to get rid of it. This guide has 4 ragwort removal methods. Some of the problems the weed brings to people, especially farmers include its effects in animals. Animals may suffer from hind limb weakness, tenesmus and severe pain if they consume the weed according to the Department of Agriculture.
While the weed causes serious problems to a farmer including losses incurred by the farmers, there are methods that are very effective in controlling the weed also known as ragweed. Note that this unwanted plant lives for five years and if you control it in one year, more plants will emerge the following year. The Department of Agriculture advises on the following 4 methods of getting rid of ragwort, and their problems as well.
For a land heavily infested with the noxious weed, ploughing suits it best only if the land is not too sure or hard to plough. You will also need to reseed a badly infested land. Kill the weed with one round of ploughing then reseed your field.
Here is another effective ragwort removal method that uses chemicals. Experts recommend chemicals that can get rid of the harmful weed. Some include MCPA 500, 2, Bandock, Amine, Pastors, and Forefront.
The department also advises on the best times to spray the ragwort. According to the Department of Agriculture, the ideal time to control ragwort and ultimately get rid of its associated problems is February to Mid-March, during the early spring or late Autumn (Mid-September to Mid-November). Always try and spray ragwort in its rosette stage, which is during its first year. The Research Officer working with Teagasc, James Humphreys recommended autumn as the ideal time to get rid of ragwort using herbicides.
For better results, graze out a field, spray it off and leave it for 5 to 6 weeks. Spraying mostly suits busy farmers.
If the ragwort infestation is not severe, you can pull out the harmful weed by hand. The method, nevertheless, requires a lot of workers but if you have them, it is easy to control the ragwort. For best results, pull the weed during after heavy rainfall. Take precautions since the weed is toxic. Wear gloves and instruct your workers to wear them too before pulling the weed. Ragwort has been known to affect humans through the skin.
Cutting the ragwort before its flowers open will be helpful since it prevents the fruits from maturing and the seeds from spreading. It is said that cutting the ragwort is less suitable than other methods since the removal method results take years and you would need to perform good grassland management. Therefore, ensure you collect and destroy the cut plants.