Invasive Species in Farm country

Bradford253(Zone 4 MN)June 4, 2005

I live in the middle of farm country in SE MInnesota and was wondering if there any wild flowers species that should be avoided for fear that they might become a problem for farmers? We all know how much of a problem dandilions have become. I have read that Dames Rocket is quite invasive. Should that one be avoided? I am in the process of converting an old pasture that I have been mowing twice a year with a sickle mower to control weeds.



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John_Blakeman(z5/6 OH)

For modern row crop faming (corn, soybeans, wheat, etc.), weeds are generally no longer a problem. Most row crop farmers now use glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, as the major herbicide. Virtually all weeds in row crop fields are vulnerable to glyphosate.

Pasture weeds are a different problem, as herbicides are generally used there. Canada thistle is always a problem.

Dame's rocket can be weedy. Don't use it. In fact, don't plant any non-native species. If you stay with the natives, few nor no invassive problems will occur.

--John Blakeman

    Bookmark   June 5, 2005 at 2:29PM
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ahughes798(z5 IL)

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    Bookmark   June 9, 2005 at 11:55PM
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