The Most Popular Mobile Applications (Apps) for Invasive Plant Managers

The Most Popular Mobile Applications (Apps) for Invasive Plant Managers

In January 2018, a web-based survey on mobile applications was emailed to invasive plant managers to identify mobile-device applications currently used to support invasive plant management activities and share information on how individual apps ranked in terms of user satisfaction. Details on demographics and affiliation for this survey are available here.

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Midwest/East Region Summary: The Most Popular Mobile Applications for Invasive Plant Managers

Midwest/East Region Summary: The Most Popular Mobile Applications for Invasive Plant Managers

In January 2018, a web-based survey on mobile applications was emailed to invasive plant managers to identify mobile-device applications currently used to support invasive plant management activities and share information on how individual apps ranked in terms of user satisfaction. Results from midwestern and eastern states are summarized in this article.

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West Region Summary: The Most Popular Mobile Applications for Invasive Plant Managers

West Region Summary: The Most Popular Mobile Applications for Invasive Plant Managers

In January 2018, a web-based survey on mobile applications was emailed to invasive plant managers to identify mobile-device applications currently used to support invasive plant management activities and share information on how individual apps ranked in terms of user satisfaction. Results from western states are summarized in this article.

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Herbicide Incision Point Injection for Woody Plant Control Saves Time and Resources

Herbicide Incision Point Injection for Woody Plant Control Saves Time and Resources

Studies were initiated by the University of Hawai’i Cooperative Extension Service Invasive Weed Management Program to find a method to improve individual plant herbicide application techniques and determine efficacy of various herbicides applied as undiluted formulations.

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After the Smoke Clears – Resources for Addressing Post-fire Weed Invasion and Expansion

After the Smoke Clears – Resources for Addressing Post-fire Weed Invasion and Expansion

Catastrophic fire seasons of recent decades prompted a number of agencies and researchers to synthesize and expand upon the knowledge-base related to invasive plant issues following wildfires. The following short list of literature reviews, handbooks, and recently published research provides a starting point for exploring issues and developing management guidelines related to invasive plants following wildfires. 

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Are Drones in Your Future?

Are Drones in Your Future?

New technology for treating invasive plants in inaccessible areas—Engineering firms specializing in mobile robotic systems have developed multirotor drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle- UAV) complete with a lightweight spray system that can be used for a variety of agricultural applications. 

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Sustainable Management of Non-Native Thistles on Colorado’s Western Slope

Sustainable Management of Non-Native Thistles on Colorado’s Western Slope

A research project was initiated on a 10,670-acre ranch near Cimmarron, Colorado to develop sustainable management strategies for musk and Canada thistle. Objectives of the study were three-fold: 1) Investigate invasive thistle distribution through geospatial analysis; 2) determine effects of musk thistle management on forage quality and native plant diversity; and 3) develop a sustainable invasive plant management plan for the ranch.

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New Pulse Sprayer Technology Could Be Useful on Rough Terrain

New Pulse Sprayer Technology Could Be Useful on Rough Terrain

The new pulse sprayer technology is being tested to determine its application on range, pasture and natural areas. This technology keeps droplet size large (to prevent drift) by changing the pulsing cycle (nozzle on/off) instead of pressure which changes the droplet size. This could be very useful on rough terrain where it is difficult to maintain constant speeds.

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Logging Debris and Herbicide Treatments for Controlling Scotch Broom

Logging Debris and Herbicide Treatments for Controlling Scotch Broom

Researchers conducted a study near Matlock, Washington investigating the potential of logging debris and herbicide combinations to inhibit germination and development of Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) seedlings. The study site was a mature Douglas-fir forest that was scheduled for harvest. The forest understory included occasional Scotch broom plants that invaded from a previous disturbance, indicating the likely presence of soil-stored seed. 

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Professionals Review Herbicide Spray Nozzles

Professionals Review Herbicide Spray Nozzles

We asked 13 invasive plant management professionals to provide insight and tips on nozzle selection and maintenance based on their field experience. See what the professionals suggest for type and size of nozzles for backpack and ATV/UTV or truck-mounted sprayers, supplemental equipment, and best practices for calibrating, maintaining, and replacing nozzles.

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Mapping invasive plants using a helmet based video system

Mapping invasive plants using a helmet based video system

Infested acreage and the time required to estimate it were compared for two inventory methods: a traditional method of mapping on foot with handheld GPS units versus an experimental method of recording video of infestations while riding a mountain bike.

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Readers Review Their ATV/UTV Herbicide Spray Platforms

Readers Review Their ATV/UTV Herbicide Spray Platforms

All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs/ 4 Wheelers) and Utility Vehicles (UTVs/ Side by Side) have become essential tools for land managers working in range, prairie or forest lands. With diverse models and brands on the market right now, how do you select vehicles and application systems that are best for you?

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Calibration of an Herbicide Ballistic Technology (HBT) Helicopter Platform Targeting Miconia calvescens in Hawaii

Herbicide Ballistic Technology (HBT) is a novel application technique designed to deliver encapsulated herbicide projectiles with long-range accuracy and precision. The performance of an HBT platform for controlling newly invading miconia (Miconia calvescens DC.) plants while conducting helicopter surveillance for remote infestations in Hawaii’s remote watersheds is evaluated in the article. This research article demonstrates the capability of this technique for rapid-response control of remote satellite plant detections.

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A Practitioner’s Guide for Testing Herbicide Efficacy With the Incision Point Application (IPA) Technique on Invasive Woody Plant Species

A Practitioner’s Guide for Testing Herbicide Efficacy  With the Incision Point Application (IPA) Technique  on Invasive Woody Plant Species

This basic guide written by James Leary, Jane Reppun Beachy, Amanda Hardman, and Julia Gustine Lee, is for practitioners to conduct their own experiments, testing registered, non-restricted herbicides using the Incision Point Application (IPA) technique on invasive woody species of interest. 

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