UW plans cheatgrass management research field day
LARAMIE, Wyo. – Using bioherbicides and the herbicide Esplanade for cheatgrass control are among topics at the Cheatgrass Management and Research Field Day Wednesday, July 11, through the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
The program is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Tom Thorne/Beth Williams Habitat Management Area, north of Laramie, said Dan Tekiela, UW Extension invasive plant ecology specialist.
“We will be looking at some of the newest technologies in cheatgrass management,” said Tekiela, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences. “These tools may be something ranchers could be interested in utilizing in their own practices.”
Tekiela has been working with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to find alternative ways to manage an area heavily infested with cheatgrass.
Previous attempts have failed, said Tekiela.
“We have multiple trials looking at multiple herbicide options,” he said.
Other topics include using drones in vegetation monitoring with a demonstration and cheatgrass effects on soil moisture. Lunch is provided.
The management area access is off Highway 34 in Sybille Canyon about 24 miles from U.S. 30 or 26 miles from Interstate 25.
Registration at bit.ly/2018cheatgrass is requested by July 1. Contact Tekiela at [email protected] for more information.