Polo 10L - Controls ragwort & many other grassland weeds
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For boom spray application
Effective on ragwort, docks, nettles, thistles, buttercups, plantains and many other weeds.
Ragwort, Docks, Creeping Thistle, Spear Thistle, Nettle (inc. Stinging Nettle) Buttercup, Plantain, Bindweed, Dandelion & more
Polo offers unrivalled coverage and weed control in grassland areas treating many common and difficult weeds.
Polo is a selective weed killer that contains two different active ingredients (MCPA and 2-4D) which means it controls a greater variety of target weeds in paddock/ grassland areas, than many other herbicides and is particularly good at controlling ragwort.
A member of a group of herbicides called phenoxys Polo weed killer works by disrupting a plants growth hormones, so getting the application timing right during growth stages is key. Results from Headland Polo are fast and can be seen within days.
Extensive scientific research has been carried out on the killing of ragwort and it's proven to be completely susceptible to Polo with one application over two consecutive years.
Ragwort control in paddocks and grassland
- Fast results - Controls a wide range of weeds including ragwort
- Apply with a tractor or ATV boom sprayer only
- Use ‘medium’ quality spray with 2-3 bar pressure
- Can be used on newly sown grass leys where clover is not important and is safe on grass less than one year old
- Use at 2.5 L/ha in 200 - 400 L/ha of water
- Grazing animal exclusion: 14 days after application after treating with Headland Polo
- Suitable for tank mixing with different selective products eg Headland Polo @ 2.5l/ha + Hurler @ 0.5l/ha - this tank mix will provide a very safe broad spectrum weed mix on newly sown and established grass leys,
- The above mix is effective on weeds such as chickweed, cleavers, buttercups, common nettle, dandelion, broad leaved dock, plantain, soft rush and thistle
- It is recommended to improve your weed control hit rate to use Headland Polo in conjunction with an adjuvant such Solar Plus 1 L or Validate 1 L (also available on request in a 5 L). Validate is a sticker and helps the Polo to penetrate into tougher weeds such as Ragwort. Solar Plus offers a wetting, spreading and water conditioning effect that maximises the spray effectiveness and improves results in tight weather windows.
Thrust 5 L can be used as an alternative to Polo if applying via a knapsack only. The two actives MCPA and 24-D found in Headland Polo are also available in Depitox 5 L (2,4-D) and Agritox 10 L (MCPA)
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Application notes and guidance for using Polo:
- Timing of application is critical to the success of Headland Polo
- Ragwort - Ideally treat at the rosette stage before flowering
- Where ragwort is present in grazing areas please follow the livestock exclusion details on the label
- Ragwort control is usually carried out in Spring or Autumn
- Spray before ragwort flower spikes start to grow
- All ragwort should have died back totally or removed prior to returning livestock
- This can often take longer than three to four weeks
- Creeping Buttercup - Apply in late Spring and Autumn when growth is visible
- Bulbous Buttercup - Treat in the Autumn, on new leaf, and in the Spring
- Docks - Apply before flowering
- Thistle (creeping & spear) - Apply at the early flower bud stage before blooming
- Clovers may be affected but can recover quickly
- Household Pets - Keep off treated areas until dry
Headland Polo is at its most effective when the target weeds are actively growing - so avoid using this if the paddock or grassland is stressed due to frost, drought or cold soil temperatures. It is also advised to avoid spraying when rain is forecast.
Headland Polo can be applied twice within a 12 month period, making it highly effective on a wide range of weed control including Ragwort - see below for more details.
Why it is important to use a herbicide like Polo where ragwort and grazing animals are present:
- Ragwort plants can kill horses and grazing cattle if eaten
- It is difficult to spot ragwort poisoning in livestock before it is too late
- In one season a single ragwort plant can produce over 10,000 seeds which can spread quickly
- Seeds from a plant can germinate over many years, increasing infestation levels
- To eradicate, reduce the plants presence. It is vital to have a regular control programme for ragwort
- Livestock will not usually eat ragwort while it is growing, but once it has been cut and has wilted it becomes much more palatable.
- Common Ragwort will need to be sprayed over a minimum of two years in order to get complete control
- Failure to control ragwort on your land may lead to prosecution
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|Contains||360 g/L 2-4D and 315 g/L MCPA|
Boomspray Application Rate
|Broad-leaved dock, bulbous buttercup, creeping buttercup, creeping thistle, curled dock||2.5 L/ha in 200 - 400 L/ha water|
|Greater and ribwort plantain, soft rush, spear thistle||2.5 L/ha in 200 - 400 L/ha water|
|Dandelion, field bindweed, hedge bindweed, stinging nettle, daisy, ragwort, colts foot||3.5 L/ha in 200 - 400 L/ha water|
Ideal Application Timings
Headland Polo is ideally applied in Spring or the late Autumn. Application timings are normally worked out based on how the weed is growing and weather conditions. However below are the ideal times to control certain weeds:
Bulbous Buttercup - in Autumn on new leaf or in Spring
Creeping Buttercup - in Spring or early Summer
Curled Dock - before flowering or after defoliation
Common Ragwort - treat in Autumn followed by sequential treatment in Spring when at a rosette stage, before the flower spikes start
Creeping/Spear Thistle - at early flower bud stage
Horsetails - when all growing well, normally May or June
Soft Rush - in April, May or June. Stems should ideally be cut and removed at 4 weeks before or 4 weeks after treatment
Clover may be checked but will eventually recover