What Can You Do?
- Check your property regularly for noxious weeds.
- Contact Fremont County Weed Control for identification and treatment consultation.
- Be aware of your surroundings and report any possible locations of noxious weeds.
Treatments - Integrative Pest Management
- Tillage - enables the farmer to attack many weed survival mechanisms, preventing seed production in annual plants and destroying the underground parts of perennial plants.
- Hand Weeding - destroys annual, biennial, and non-creeping perennials.
- Mowing - cutting as close to the ground as possible can destroy weeds in areas where cultivation or hand weeding are impractical or impossible.
- Grazing - repeated removal of top growth prevents seed formation and gradually weakens underground parts, if grazing is properly managed.
- Crop Rotations - certain groups of weeds are associated with specific crop rotations and changing the crops can reduce or eliminate repeat, persistent weeds associated with those specific crops.
- Plant Competition - one of the cheapest and most useful general weed control available to all farmers. "Survival of the fittest."
- Crop Establishment - generally the first plants to germinate and emerge in an area tend to exclude all others, so work toward a vigorous dense crop.
- Use of natural agents such as insects, nematodes, fungi, viruses or fish for the control of weeds.
- In some instances, grazing animals can be used to harvest and stress noxious weeds.
- The success of 2,4-D when introduced commercially in 1946 launched the present era of herbicides. It is important to understand the basics of herbicides to determine the most effective treatment.
- Read and understand all chemical labels when using.