The pressure on output prices is likely to leave many farmers battening down the hatches and avoiding unnecessary spending or significant capital investments. There are, however, areas where investments will deliver a fast return and should continue to take place. Improving grassland performance is one such area.

The recent dry spell has opened up the opportunity for field work on all land types. The lull in grass growth rates up to now has allowed weeds to become established in many grassland swards and addressing these now can deliver a significant lift in performance this season and in subsequent years. The four worst offenders are generally docks, thistles and nettles, while control of rushes is addressed in an article here.