NRCS report emphasizes need to control cheatgrass early

March 1, 2018

By GEORGE PLAVEN, Capital Press

Published on March 1, 2018

Dealing with cheatgrass may be a headache for ranchers across the West, but the earlier they can get it under control, the more it will help improve their bottom line.

That is the conclusion of a new report by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, which estimates the cost of treating invasive grasses such as cheatgrass, medusahead and ventenata at varying levels of infestation. (full article)

Achieving targeted grazing goals

January 23, 2018

Targeted grazing involves the use of specific kinds of livestock to reduce populations of certain targeted plant species and enhance the growth of the more desired plants. The knowledge base for targeted grazing has been increasing for decades and supports the use of planned grazing in addressing critical natural resource problems that exist around the globe. Animal production practices and other logistics may place constraints on how targeted grazing can be applied, therefore it is important to understand how the benefits from this practice will change due to the components of the targeted grazing strategy. (Full Article)

By Doug Warnock For the Capital Press

Western Innovator: Bacteria enlisted to battle cheatgrass

January 2, 2018

The study focuses on applying certain bacteria to cheatgrass and medusahead to inhibit the plants’ root growth. “Applying bacteria isn’t a magic bullet but one of several tools that could be used to help restore land with native vegetation,” he says. “A systemic approach is the ticket. We need to combine what we learn from this research with grazing patterns and protecting the vigor of desirable native species.” (Full Article)

By Dianna Troyer For the Capital Press

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