Fall Weed Control

Fall Weed Control

Fall Weed Control. I'm Greg Martin with Washington Ag Today.

Did you get a little behind this year with invasive weeds? You'd think with the drought that weeds and noxious plants would have a hard time surviving like everything else. Kevin Hupp with the Lincoln County Noxious Weed Control Board says that's not the case.

HUPP: What it did was it sped everything up. So these plants kind of woke up and kind of looked around and said "we need to do our thing, but do it faster. So we need to grow and we need to produce leaves, get a seed head, produce viable seed and do tin a much more ramped up scale." For everyone who's combating these invasives, we're always kind of behind and we needed to really not be behind this year.

He says now is a good time to try and get ahead for spring.

HUPP: We're still out there putting down herbicide - really about the only thing you're really doing this time of year. You could also throw down some grass seed tooth help yourself when spring comes around because that seeds going to sit there and wait for a germination time that works for it.

One unusual way of weed control is through the use of animals.

HUPP: Goats, sheep. Goats more-so than sheep. Sheep will leave a few plants and briars. They're not really browsers as much as goats are so some forbs, forby type growth of your noxious weeds or invasive plants, they may leave behind. Whereas your goat is your 100 percent, everything will get eaten.

And that's Washington Ag Today. I'm Greg Martin, thanks for listening on the Ag Information Network of the West.

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