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Grass and Grassland Weed, Disease & Pest ID


Improve your plant, pest and disease identification skills of the main grass species and grass weeds in leys and seed crops.

NIAB has developed a series of one-day training courses on grassland weed, pest and disease identification and management suitable for agriculture students, farmers, crop inspectors, seed producers and agronomists. All courses have been registered for BASIS CPD points.

For more information contact Emma Oughton by email or phone 01223 342299

Grass and Grassland Weed Identification

5 November 2014 - all day
The classroom-based training covers grass morphology and crop management, as well as a practical identification session using a range of living plant material grown specifically for the courses. The course programme includes:

Morphology of grasses

  • Identification of grasses in the field that look different to the main grass species
  • Recognition of general characters, e.g. leaf colour and shape, pigment, growth habit
  • Making detailed observations using ligules and auricles

Includes a practical session using plant material to illustrate how the characters can be used to identify specific weeds.

Crop management

  • Choosing the right species/variety for the different regions of the UK
  • Learning how certain grass species and varieties can be used to discourage a major grass weed problem by suppressing weed growth
  • Determining the level of grass weed present and whether re-sowing is necessary
  • Impact of different weed species on each grass end-use markets, turf, seed, forage
  • Weed control – using herbicides in a grass crop
  • Recognition and management of noxious weeds


  • Understanding legislation covering grassland management and weed control
  • Using seed standards to diagnose weed problems

Grass Pest and Disease Identification

6 November 2014 - morning only
The classroom-based training covers management and control strategies and includes a practical identification session. The course will provide delegates with the key information needed to recognise the major grassland pests and diseases, to understand the effects they have and the management strategies needed to avoid significant losses. Samples of diseased material will be made available where possible and delegates will be encouraged to discuss problems they have encountered.