Here’s a Solution for the Weeds That Are About to Sprout

This article was first posted in March of 2015. It's still a great solution today. Back in the Spring of 2010, the Agriculture Research Service (ARS) in Miles City, Montana put out a press release announcing an online calculator that could tell producers how many more cattle they could raise if they were able to eliminate one or two widespread invasive plants.  Matt Rinella, the rangeland ecologist who developed the tool, used it to estimate that ranchers in a 17-state region could raise 200,000 more cows a year and save tens of millions of dollars if leafy spurge were eliminated.  Of course how to eliminate leafy spurge, or any other weed, is a problem we've yet to solve.   Can't Beat 'Em? Eat 'Em! As many of you already know, I developed a method to teach cows (or whatever livestock you raise) to eat weeds.  So when I saw the ARS announcement I looked at Matt Rinella's results from a completely different perspective.  If cattle can eat leafy spurge (and I have actua

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