Observations and third treatment for February 2016 was re-scheduled and completed on the 26th April 2016.
26th of April observations:
Irrigated Plots (1 and 2)
Regrowth – Approximately 30cm . ( Special note: mulched twice since September 28th 2016.)
Irrigated Plots (3,4, 5 and 6)
Regrowth – Approximately 15-30 cm. Biomass reduction- Approximately 70% compared to March 2015 observations. Additional comments -dead canes evident below re growth.
Non-irrigated Plot (7)
Regrowth -Blackberry bushes reduced in size, Biomass reduction – Approximately 70% compared to September 2015 observations. Additional comments- foliage dieback and dead canes evident.
The next round of observations and treatments will begin in early spring, 2016. Treatments will occur at shorter intervals, compared with the previous three treatments.
Read more about the non-chemical control demonstration site and the methodology being followed on the VBT site – non-chemical control site.