Noxious Weed Ventenata Threatening Private & Public Lands

Noxious Weed Ventenata Threatening Private & Public Lands

Russell Nemetz
Russell Nemetz
Noxious weeds affect millions acres of land across the United States. And one noxious weedthat everyone should be on the lookout for-whether you live in the country or town-is Ventenata.

“Well, it’s scary” said Joliet, Mont. rancher Bob Hull. “If we don’t do anything with it and the way it spreads, I could see all of this rangeland being worthless.”

A healthy rangeland is the key to a successful operation. But now, Ventenata is threatening native grass species that his livestock depend on. That’s why he’s encouraging others to help stop the spread of this noxious weed.

“With Ventenata, so far, they haven’t found anything that will eat it” said Hull. “So, once you get that it’s over and the end of the game.”

He says one of the first steps is being able to correctly identify it.

“This time of the year, you need to go out and actually see what it looks like” said Hull. “Otherwise, I don’t think you’ll necessarily be able to identify it.”

He says it really is everyone’s responsibility to help stop the spread of Ventenata and other noxious weeds.

“It just seems like every year, there’s another new weed. We have enough of them already and we spend a lot of time trying to contain them” said Hull. “I hadn’t heard about Ventenata until last year and now we can see we have a problem.”

For more information and resources about Ventenata and other noxious weeds, contact your local county weed district office or your state Department of Agriculture.

Bayer Environmental Science also has a new range herbicide available for noxious weeds like Ventenata and Cheatgrass called Rejuvra.

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