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How to Manage Bitterweed in Pasture

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One of our On Pasture readers in east Texas wrote us to get some ideas for controlling bitterweed on
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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.


  1. Jess Jackson Jr says:

    I heard Dr Lacefield tell a couple of groups that something like 60% of Grazing related professors will probably retire in the next 5 years. NRCS has cut grazing specialist positions for more than a decade. Texas A&M no longer has a range department. We are going the way of the buggy whip maker even though there are still lots of buggies.

    I believe that the ranching community needs to speak up to prevent this loss of past, current and future knowledge.

    Chip you and many more practitioners are fantastic sources of knowledge but it helps to have an NRCS or Extension specialist who can be in your area in a few days to consult.

    That is also a reason that “On Pasture” is an important source of information for producers.

    • Rachel Gilker says:

      Thanks, Jess! We’re really glad to be able to help. Thank you for all your support!

    • Chip Hines says:

      Jess, we are lucky in Colorado that our NRCs people are ahead of most states. In 1983 the head of then SCS sent two of his best range managers to the Savory School. We have a continuation at this point of training new hires.

      Colorado State University is lagging in turning out Extension Agents with grazing knowledge. Part of this is because they are trying to do everything for everyone.

      More people now are getting the best training from Savory educator’s, Jim Gerrish, Dave Pratt and others giving schools that get right to the point when teaching grazing management.

  2. Chip Hines says:

    Practices from the past on the Joe Vander Stucken ranch show what we lost through the years on health of grasses and rotational grazing practices we are implementing today.

    How did this happen? Did Texas A & M take notice? Or did they and no one followed?

    All I ever heard was lowering stocking rate which we now know was adding to the problem.

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