Reducing Foxtail in Permanent Pastures
Foxtail, a weed grass that causes significant economic and environmental damage to permanent pasture, has been invading the Umpqua Valley at an alarming rate. This weed reduces grazable and harvestable tonnage, lowers feed quality and injures animals when the seed enters their ears, eyes, noses and throats. Current methods of elimination include using non-selective chemicals or fully tilling and replanting fields. This project will demonstrate the lowest effective level of application of Roundup, the most appropriate time of this application and the best grasses and appropriate seeding rates to outcompete the foxtail and thus restore permanent pasture.