Saturday, 15 October 2016

Echinochloa crus-galli (Cockspur) turning up in Flax and Oat fields in Wexford

 Cockspur has always been a rare non-native grass in Ireland. In Wexford last year it was found in several places. This year seems to be a craze of planting a mixed crop of Flax and Oats. The Cockspur has been found in several of these fields as an abundant weed.
None of these mixed crop fields have been harvested for some reason. Could Cockspur be the next non-native grass to become a common weed of cultivation in Wexford?

1 comment:

  1. Hi Paul
    A lot of these fields are probably planted under the wild bird sacrificial crop from Glas - the mix sounds about right. They are left unharvested for winter finch flocks.