Have wild oats in Canterbury become resistant to herbicides


  • K.C. Harrington
  • R.J. Chynoweth




To investigate rumours that herbicide resistance has developed in wild oats (Avena fatua) seeds of this species were collected from eight arable farms (either one or two populations per farm) in Canterbury from which possible resistance to either fenoxapropPethyl or haloxyfop had been reported Seeds were also obtained from two properties where no resistance was thought to exist Seeds from these 14 populations were germinated using dormancybreaking techniques and established individually in pots within a glasshouse in October 2013 When seedlings were 4 weeks old they were sprayed with the recommended rate of fenoxapropPethyl haloxyfop or flampropMisopropyl None of the populations were controlled adequately by flampropMisopropyl because insufficient competition was exerted on the seedlings following application as required to make this herbicide work well One of the 14 populations was poorly controlled by all three herbicides suggesting it has developed resistance to these herbicides The remaining populations were adequately controlled by fenoxapropPethyl and haloxyfop However seedlings of one of these susceptible populations were not treated with fenoxaprop Pethyl until they were 6 weeks old and these were not controlled showing the importance of applying this herbicide early enough while seedlings are still susceptible




How to Cite

Harrington, K. and Chynoweth, R. 2014. Have wild oats in Canterbury become resistant to herbicides. New Zealand Plant Protection. 67, (Jan. 2014), 331–331. DOI:https://doi.org/10.30843/nzpp.2014.67.5778.



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