Weed management can make a big difference in pasture productivity. University of Missouri Plant Sciences professor Kevin Bradley says livestock producers should know what weeds they are targeting. The most problematic weeds may come one month from now, which could influence herbicide selection. “Check the herbicide’s grazing or haying interval so you know when it can be cut or cattle can be released. Also, price is often a factor when it comes to selection.” Soil health is another component of weed management. Bradley says weed density can be correlated with soil maintenance. “Our data shows a definite trend. There are much fewer weeds in pastures with higher soil fertility, while pastures with more weeds were less productive.”
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