Ag in Action 2017
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Wheatland County’s weed story
Cattle then took over as the livestock of choice, and
landowners took note of the plant that was tough to eliminate.
Treatment of the plant was done for years with 2-4-D, which
was good for burning down the plant but not eliminating it.
Treatment eventually switched to Tordon at two quarts per
acre. Tordon beads were spread while on horseback; this
practice was later eliminated.
Nowwe are in the integrated weedmanagement time frame
of just this one weed. We are heavy on the herbicide approach;
we also have two successfully introduced insects to slow
the growth of leafy spurge (
). These insects are collected by other counties.
We are glad to share the wealth of these insects.
Target grazing has been used for leafy spurge control and
slows the spread of this plant. We do have a very aggressive
weed control program. People are working together, yet we
have a long way to go.
We have a full slate of insects for bio-control for leafy
spurge. We have tried spotted knapweed beetles, and see them
on occasion, but we can see success with chemical control at a
more rapid rate. The seedheadfly is throughout the state, which
should help control seeds in the head of spotted knapweed.
We are very worried about Dalmatian toadflax and have
tried beetles; however our concentration of the toadflax plant
is quite sparse, so success from the beetle seems marginal. We
do have individuals lined up for bio agents for the control of
hound’s tongue. We have used goats (target grazing) for leafy
spurge control; however rules for the care of migrant workers
seem to limit this method of weed control.
From the standpoint of noxious weed control in our
area, we are concerned about maintaining the similarity of
our rangeland. As a result of high similarity index, this will
increase the carrying capacity of our rangeland, which would
be beneficial to livestock, wildlife and water conservation.
Noxious weeds were not found on our pristine rangeland,
therefore if present, a lower index would be recorded, which
would be detrimental to communities and individuals in the
Weeds controlled on the 22 landowner, 209,160 acres of
rangeland project include: Hoary alyssum 2B, knotweed
complex 1B, white top 2B, Dalmatian toadflax 2B, leafy spurge
2B, yellow toadflax 2B, hound’s-tongue 2B, Russian knapweed
2B and spotted knapweed 2B.