Can differences in <i>Cirsium arvense</i> and <i>Rumex obtusifolius</i> densities within pastures be explained by soil parameters


  • K.C. Harrington
  • D.J. Horne
  • P.D. Kemp



Some organic farming literature suggests that the presence of weeds in pastures can be explained by problems with the soil Sixty 1 m2 patches of pasture with different densities of broadleaved dock (Rumex obtusifolius) were identified across six different paddocks on an organic dairy farm Various soil parameters were measured in each patch to determine if any of these correlated well with the differing weed densities Parameters measured included soil pH moisture compaction and concentrations of 12 nutrients in adjacent perennial ryegrass This process was repeated for Californian thistle (Cirsium arvense) using a different series of 60 patches Significant correlations were found between dock density and pH potassium magnesium and manganese and Californian thistle density was significantly correlated to soil pH and sulphur content However these correlations were generally weak and are not considered good indicators of whether these weed species would thrive within this particular farm




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Harrington, K., Horne, D. and Kemp, P. 2014. Can differences in &lt;i&gt;Cirsium arvense&lt;/i&gt; and &lt;i&gt;Rumex obtusifolius&lt;/i&gt; densities within pastures be explained by soil parameters. New Zealand Plant Protection. 67, (Jan. 2014), 238–244. DOI:




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