An annual weed, reproducing by seeds. The stems are erect, smooth, and possess many tillers. The ligule is membranous and auricles are small. Leaf blades are wide and glabrous. The flowers occur on spikes and the lemmas can be awned or awnless depending on the variety. The seeds are reddish in colour, oblong, and approximately 5-8 mm long x 3 mm wide. Seeds are short lived in the soil, surviving only 1-3 years.
Take a minimum of 20 weed counts across the field. Especially scouting fields sown into wheat stubble.
Effects on Crop Quality
Reductions in crop quality due to the competitive nature of this crop.
Reduces the average shoot biomass and yield in flax.