In this Issue:
  • Weed of the Week: Bracken Fern
  • Weed of the Week: Caesar’s Weed
  • Weed of the Week: Blackberry
  • Weed of the Week: Maypop Passion Flower
  • Fall Herbicide Applications are Best for Blackberry Control in Pastures
  • Weed of the Week: Cogongrass
  • Weed of the Week: Coffee Senna
  • Controlling Prickly Pear after Pasture Establishment
  • Weed of the Week: Sicklepod
  • Weed of the Week: Goatweed
  • Weeds

    Weed of the Week: Bracken Fern

    Bracken Fern is a common perennial fern that is found across the United States. Its ability to grow well is both dry and moist soils, as well as along tree lines, in wooded areas, and around buildings, make it a well-adapted species. While all parts of the fern are toxic, the rhizomes are most toxic, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/11/03/weed-of-the-week-bracken-fern/

    Weed of the Week: Caesar’s Weed

    Caesar’s Weed is a member of the Malvaceae family, which are typically grown for ornamental purpose. Other plants in this family include Hibiscus and Cotton. Caesar’s weed is most commonly is found in disturbed areas, pastures, and perennial crop plantations. This weed is considered to be very aggressive, growing 2 to 7 feet by the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/27/weed-of-the-week-caesars-weed/

    Weed of the Week: Blackberry

    Across the southeastern United States, there are several different species of Rubus (Blackberry and Dewberry). Blackberry is a common issue for pasture owners, with it also commonly growing in fence rows, and ditch banks. Lack of management will result in well established thick stands that grow rapidly. These large stands not only reduce pasture production, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/13/weed-of-the-week-blackberry/

    Weed of the Week: Maypop Passion Flower

    Often recognized by its showy pink/purple flowers, Maypop Passion Flower is a native plant, found across the southern US.  Although it is sometimes used as an ornamental plant, it can become a nuisance in pastures and along fence-rows.  Once the flowers bloom, from July to September, it is easy to identify, however, it is not …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/29/weed-of-the-week-maypop-passion-flower/

    Fall Herbicide Applications are Best for Blackberry Control in Pastures

    Brent Sellers and Jay Ferrell, UF/IFAS Weed Extension Specialists

    There are numerous briar or Rubus species (blackberry and dewberry) in the Southeastern U.S., many of which are found in Florida. Blackberry is common in most Florida pastures and can be overlooked for extended periods of time. However, lack of management can give rise to thickets …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/22/fall-herbicide-applications-are-best-for-blackberry-control-in-pastures/

    Weed of the Week: Cogongrass

    Cogongrass was accidentally introduced into Alabama in the 1900’s, but intentionally brought to Florida in the 1930’s as a potential forage and soil stabilizer. Currently it can be found in 73 countries and on every continent. Since being introduced Cogongrass has spread to nearly every county in Florida, and today is considered a major pest …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/22/weed-of-the-week-cogongrass/

    Weed of the Week: Coffee Senna

    Coffee Senna is not only an issue for livestock producers, as seeds are toxic when consumed, it also causes issues for cotton and peanut farmers in the southern states. The scientific name Senna occidentalis comes from Arabic and Latin roots, with Senna meaning “these plants” and occidentalis meaning “western,” in reference to its origin. While closely …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/15/weed-of-the-weed-coffee-senna/

    Controlling Prickly Pear after Pasture Establishment

    Prickly Pear is one of those tenacious, tough to handle weeds that you hate to find growing in your pastures and hay fields.  It can be very difficult to control and eradicate.  This weed typically spreads and reproduces via fragmentation of original plants, such as occurs in the cultivation and planting of new pastures.  Each …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/08/controlling-prickly-pear-after-pasture-establishment/

    Weed of the Week: Sicklepod

    Sicklepod is commonly known as Coffeeweed and is a major issue for livestock producers across the Southeast. This semi-woody annual legume is native to the American tropics. Sicklepod is known to be toxic, affecting liver, kidney and muscle function in livestock. The stems and leaves, as well as seeds, contain toxins, whether green or dry. 

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/25/weed-of-the-week-sicklepod/

    Weed of the Week: Goatweed

    Once just an issue in Central Florida Orange groves, Goatweed (Scoparia dulcis), also referred to as sweet broom and licorice weed, is now an issue for many pasture owners in North Florida. The spread of this prolific weed has been attributed to many factors including seed production, seed movement from groves to pastures by wildlife …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/18/weed-of-the-week-goatweed/

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