Medusahead rye is one of the nastiest plants to invade a pasture. But Luke Mcrae may have stumbled on a way to control it.
Mcrae is a Ritzville, Wash., rancher who runs cattle on the Channeled Scablands, a region of coulees, flat plateaus and steep canyon sides. It’s a beautiful area with one big problem: Medusahead rye. It’s a near monoculture in some places and ranchers have had to reduce stocking rates by 50%, reports onpasture.com.
In 2014, Mcrae sprayed his fencelines before turning his cows out and noticed his cattle spent a lot of time grazing where he had sprayed medusahead. Apparently, spraying glyphosate (Roundup) on medusahead before boot stage dramatically increases its palatability.
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