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Small Acreage Management

Information from
Small Acreage Management Seminar held on
Saturday May 18th

Thank you to presenters: 
Lana Armon
303-218-2626
USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Lana.brinson@usda.gov
Home | NRCS Colorado

Dan Nosal 
303-218-2632
Rangeland Management Specialist
USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Services
daniel.nosal@co.usda.gov
http://www.co.nrcs.usda.gov

Willie Wilkins
303-621-3162
Extension Agent
Elbert County Extension
Willie.Wilkins@colostate.edu

 

You can find these presentations in the Additional Information section

 

Noxious Weeds and Control Methods for Printing

 

Noxious Weeds in Colorado

How many times have you been driving around Elbert and Douglas counties and see a field of never-ending beautiful yellow or white flowers covering the hillside? You’re thinking about how gorgeous it is and how much you love springtime in the country. What you very well may be looking at is a field of noxious weeds……...invasive, aggressive and fast spreading weeds that will eventually kill all the nutrients in that very field you are admiring.

Noxious weeds are aggressive plants that are not native to our area. Most have come from Europe or Asia either accidentally or as ornamentals that have escaped. These plants have an advantage because the insects, diseases, and animals that would normally control them are not found here. Because these plants have developed specialized mechanisms to survive, they are able to spread at an alarming rate. When the plants that wildlife uses for food, shelter, or nesting are gone, the wildlife leave the area.

Noxious weeds also impact our valuable agricultural lands and commodities. When resources are not available for their desired use, it takes more land to raise the same number of cattle or bushels of wheat. Because of these factors, they have been declared by state, local, and federal governments to be undesirable, and their control, containment, and eradication are required by law.

These noxious weeds can withstand a variety of harsh conditions, including climate extremes, drought and poor soils. There are approximately 1 million acres of noxious weeds in Colorado. The weeds cost Colorado residents more than $10 million annually in lost productivity. Noxious weeds often displace native plants. Many native species have been forced out of their natural habitat.

And the time to put together a weed management plan is NOW! Spring is just around the corner and many of these weeds will start growing and spreading in April and May. The CSU Extension Service and the Colorado Department of Agriculture have an enormous amount of information and resources for you to make your management plan and put it into operation this spring. Check it out:

Major Culprits and How to Spot Them

Do you recognize any of these weeds? More than likely, you have a couple, if not all of them in your yard, garden, fields or pastures.


Cypress Spurge

Dyer's Woad

Knotweeds

Myrtle Spurge

Orange Hawkweed

Purple Loosestrife

Absinth Wormwood

Bouncingbet

Bull Thistle

Canada Thistle

Chinese Clematis

Common Teasel

Dalmation Toadflax

Diffuse Knapweed

Hoary Cress

Houndstonge

Leafy Spurge

Musk Thistle

Perennial Pepperweed

Russian Knapweed

Scentless Chamomile

Scotch Thistle

Spotted Knapweed

Yellow Toadflax

Common Mullein

Downy Brome

Field Bindweed
Cheatgrass
Poison Hemlock

Puncturevine (Goatheads)

Weed Management – The Time is NOW!!

Weed management includes cultural practices such as: avoiding overgrazing re-vegetating disturbed soils, and maintaining the vigor of desirable grasses or other plants that compete with weeds. The easiest time to control noxious weeds is when only a few plants are present. Mowing weeds before their seeds are mature will help prevent the seeds from spreading and will reduce weed vigor.

Biological control can involve using livestock such as sheep and goats to graze on weeds, which reduces their vigor. It also may involve introducing a specific disease or insect to affect weeds. Biological control has proven to be effective to varying degrees on some weeds. Planting desirable plants to outcompete the weeds can also be effective.

Herbicides may be used on noxious weeds as part of an integrated control strategy, often in combination with cultural and biological controls.

The following links will provide you information, identification specifics, pictures and weed management guidelines, courtesy of the Colorado State University Extension Service and the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

Click on the following links and get the facts!!!

Weed Management for Small Rural Acreages

Range and Pasture Weed Management

Elbert County Noxious Weeds and Small Acreage Management

Elbert County is growing at a notable rate, specifically people moving from urban to a rural setting. This presents a few challenges such as weeds, wildlife, gardening, and grazing. Elbert County Colorado State Extension will be providing information about noxious weed and small acreage management concepts for Elbert County.

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