March Medusahead Madness – Get Started NOW to Stop it in Its Tracks

Medusahead grass is an "Ecosystem Transformer" species. Not only does it compete for resources with other plants, but it can change ecosystem function to favor its own survival at the expense of an entire ecosystem. It thrives in areas with hot dry summers and cool wet falls and springs. Its seeds travel well on animal hides, clothing and tires. It promotes fire as just another way to expand its territory, burning hot and fast, and then rebounding more quickly than the native vegetation. It isn't toxic, but it isn't very edible either. Though it's similar to other forages in protein, fat, fiber and lignin, it is also high in silica (think "sand") that slows passage through the rumen. That means that animals tend to avoid it. Uneaten stems create a thatch that suppresses other plants, until Medusahead is the primary plant. This can reduce grazing capacity on rangelands by 75 to 80%. It's a scary invasive, and that's why lots of researchers, ranchers and land managers are working together to find a way to slow its spread and beat it back if possible. If you're worried about Medusahead, (

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