Ben Taylor-Davies: Report published

2016 Scholar, Ben Taylor-Davies’ report is now available on the Nuffield International website. Below is the executive summary of his report, titled:‘Blackgrass: System BEN offers alternative solutions to resistance management.’



Report Title       

Blackgrass: System BEN offers alternative solutions to resistance management


Ben Taylor-Davies


Countries visited

AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds and Three Counties Agricultural Society

Canada, USA, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Uruguay, Paraguay, South Africa, Poland, Belarus, Russia, Mongolia, China, Australia




 Objective of the study tour: 

  • To discover if there was anything in the rest of the world that could be applied in the UK in order to provide better control of blackgrass where herbicides are failing


  • Become more technical in the understanding of soil texture.
  • Increase understanding of blackgrass biology
  • Herbicides are not the answer
  • Don’t confuse the issue with cover crops
  • GMO seed is not suitable for the UK
  • Glyphosate is under terrific pressure
  • Cultivations are vital
  • The BEN system will provide a sound basis for winning the war against blackgrass


See Ben’s report at: