Fall is an excellent time to control invasive weeds with Milestone. Late summer and fall rains in many areas of the Central Plains and the West will provide land managers with a good opportunity to extend their application season.Read More
Undesirable or invasive woody vegetation threatens the biology and ecology of prairie grasslands and native woodlands. Removing invading woody species can be accomplished year-long, with fall, winter and early spring herbicide applications, extending your vegetation management efforts.
Managing incompatible woody vegetation along utility and transportation rights-of-way (ROW) requires careful planning, consistent budgets, and judicious allocation of time and resources. When budgets or resources are inadequate, planned vegetation maintenance may be postponed to the following growing season or beyond. While delaying maintenance for even one year allows woody vegetation to increase in density and height, the actual increase in time and material to control the vegetation after one or more years of delayed treatment has not been determined.Read More
Spotted knapweed (Centaurea stoebe) is a tap-rooted perennial forb that spreads by seed. Seedlings and mature plants over-winter in a rosette stage and resume growth in early April. Spotted knapweed blooms from mid to late July through mid September.Read More
Russian knapweed is a deep-rooted, herbaceous perennial that spreads by seed and vegetative root buds. This article summarizes the effect of various herbicides and application timing on Russian knapweed control.Read More
Yellow sweetclover (Melilotus officinalis) and white sweetclover (M. alba) are herbaceous, non-native legumes that are widely distributed in the United States. Learn about the biology, ecology, and management recommendations for sweetclover.
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Common (European) buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) and glossy buckthorn (Frangula alnus[Rhamnus frangula]) are non-native, deciduous, woody shrubs or small trees introduced to North America during the 1800s. This article describes the effectiveness of various management methods.Read More
Choosing the right herbicide to fit your vegetation management objectives is an important decision. Herbicides are classified in a number of ways based on how they are used and their selectivity on different plant families.Read More
Studies conducted by the University of Wisconsin measured Bohemian knotweed (Fallopia x bohemicum) control under various treatment scenarios. These included 1) herbicide selection, rate and application timing, 2) spray volume, 3) mowing prior to herbicide application, and 4) feasibility and cost of knotweed eradication.Read More
The restoration project in southeastern New Mexico encompasses about 6.5 million acres of rangeland in a four-county area. Herbicide application, mechanical removal, biological control, prescribed fire, and reseeding have been implemented to restore about 1.5 million acres.Read More
The Little Wolf Fire began in August of 1994, burning over 15,000 acres of national forest and private timber lands in northwestern Montana. Open sites created by the burn and disturbance from fire-fighting activities provided ideal habitat for tansy ragwort. The County Weed District and other partners organized a cooperative weed management area (CWMA) and developed management plans to contain tansy ragwort.Read More
Eastern collared lizards are a key indicator species on rocky glades in western Missouri. A project to remove woody canopy in corridors and glades is improving habitat and dispersal of the collared lizardRead More
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) work together to control Siberian elm and improve overall condition of a jointly owned parcel on the Chippewa Prairie Preserve in Minnesota.Read More
The Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge lies in the heart of New Mexico’s middle Rio Grande Valley. These valuable wetlands serve as a winter home for tens of thousands of migratory waterfowl. and provide critical habitat for a variety of wildlife. Today, the refuge is one of the largest riparian restoration programs in the southwestern U.S. This article reviews 32 years of wetland restoration and paradigm shifts that resulted from testing and implementing various saltcedar management tools.Read More
Horseback riders with horse-mounted equipment are an efficient way to monitor and treat invasive plants in the backcountry. For the past 12 years, a team in Jackson Hole, WY, has covered an average of 945 trail miles each season.Read More