Updates on Projects to Manage Weeds and Turn a Dying Timber Stand Into Pasture

  I am often reminded of my old professor Dr. Breakey, especially lately as I review the results of two recent "field experiments." Project 1: What in Tar(weed)Nation? Managing a New Weed Last spring I wrote about a massive invasion of Tarweed that had dominated a large chunk of the ranch. Those nasty plants interfered with my grazing plans and made me nervous enough to consider declaring war: call in the boom sprayers or maybe one of those WWI airplanes and get to spreading poison. Cooler heads prevailed. Instead, I learned more about my "enemy" and decided to modify my grazing strategy to take it into account as I moved through pastures.   This year, the Tarweed is in remission, or perhaps just significantly delayed. There are still plenty of small, immature Tarweed plants, but last year at this time they were three feet tall and dominating the pasture with stinky, un-grazeable plants. My strategy this year was to graze those paddocks early and then abandon the paddocks until late summer, after the Tarweed dried off. This year, those same pastures were covered by immature daisy plants early in the spring. The cattle worked these over pretty well during an early grazing pass. Following more rain, the Daisies returned with gusto, covering the “tarweed pastures”

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  1. If the daisies are oxeye daisies, they may (probably) indicate the soil is low in sulfur. At least, in our area of central B.C. that’s the case.

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