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I’ve Got This Weed Growing in My Pasture. What Does It Say About My Soil?

By   /  July 15, 2019  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  No Comments

Can weeds tell you about soil health issues? Well, yes and no. I’ve got a lot of experience with weeds since I’ve spent the last 15 years teaching cattle, sheep, goats and bison to eat them under all kinds of soil conditions in and all kinds of landscapes. My observation is that spotted knapweed does […]

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A Rancher’s Discovery Shows Promise for Controlling Medusahead Rye

By   /  February 25, 2019  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  Comments Off on A Rancher’s Discovery Shows Promise for Controlling Medusahead Rye

In two previous articles, Beth Burritt wrote about the scariest invasive plant I know, Medusahead rye. This week, I’m sharing the good news that there may be a solution for controlling it.

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Thinking of Seeding Your Pastures?

By   /  January 21, 2019  /  Forage, NRCS, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  1 Comment

By this time of year, any seeding of forages would be considered a dormant seeding. Seeds planted now will lay there until the right conditions present themselves closer to spring. Most producers with pasture or hay ground understand the concept of “frost-seeding.” Frost-seeding is taking advantage of the freeze-thaw process of the soil during winter […]

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Preventing the Spread of Medusahead

By   /  January 14, 2019  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  Comments Off on Preventing the Spread of Medusahead

Last week we looked at why Medusahead Rye is so dangerous. This week Beth shares how we can prevent its spread. These tips are important for preventing the spread of all kinds of weedy species, so check them out and use them, even if you don’t have Medusahead. Preventing medusahead from establishing in new areas […]

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The Curse of Medusahead Rye

By   /  January 7, 2019  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  3 Comments

A team of genetic engineers couldn’t have devised a more ecologically lethal and effective invasive weed than Medusahead Rye. Beth Burritt is one of the researchers working on ways to stop it in it’s march across the U.S. from west to east. In this series of articles she shares what we need to know about the plant, and about a treatment that a rancher discovered that just may be a solution.

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