Thanks to the recent hot weather (already surpassing 90 degrees several days in a row), we are starting to see the lush green hills near Fresno transition into gold. The much-needed rain we received this spring could unfortunately create a problem in the coming summer: thick forage growth can quickly turn into fuel for fire season.
So, what does this have to do with weed management?
Before wildfire, weeds can be fuel;after wildfire, weeds can spread.
The main fuels in the valley and foothills are typically grasses. Even non-weedy grass species can be an issue if grazing livestock (and hardworking landscapers) can't keep up with grass growth before summer. Annual grasses are great...
Saturday, May 11 • 9:00am to 2:00pm
Ruth McKenzie Table Mountain Preserve (Fresno County)
22477 Auberry Rd, Clovis
Join us for a hands-on, field-based day exploring weed identification, management options, and local best practices! Topics include chemical and cultural weed control, post-fire...
Tarweeds, vinegarweed and turkey mullein are native forbs that stand out in Fresno and Madera County rangelands during the summer. Unfortunately, they aren't the most welcome. Horse owners despise tarweed because its sticky resin turns even brightly colored horses a grim muddy color; many rangeland owners dislike vinegarweed for its pungent smell; and turkey mullein, though common, is often disregarded until it looks like it has taken over dozens of acres overnight.
Although their native status may appease some landowners – they can provide food and habitat for some bird and pollinator species – most ranchers couldn't care less. Why, you may ask? These plants are poor forage for livestock, and most animals tend to...
Southern San Joaquin Valley rangeland owners and land managers are invited to an upcoming weed management workshop in Tulare on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Online registration and agenda information is available at: http://ucanr.edu/weeds2018
In the job listing for my position, weed identification and management were never explicitly mentioned. “Natural resource efforts” in the listing only mentioned water, forage, soils and “the wide array of issues” relating to rangeland ecosystem services. Of course, pests are an issue relating to rangeland ecosystem services (healthy water, soil, and air; biodiversity; etc.), but when I first joined UCCE, I did not expect to spend a large amount of time on weeds.
Now I know, a year and a half in, an incoming phone call is more likely to relate to weed management than to any other topic. Ranch visits for any purpose will usually include a discussion of weedy species on the property. While weed management is...