July 5 webinar to discuss invasive grasses in rangeland

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife

Invasive grasses will be the topic of a July 5 webinar by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service ecosystem science and management unit.

“King Ranch and Kleberg Bluestem Management” is the next in the Texas Range Webinar Series, scheduled on the first Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m., said Pete Flores, webinar coordinator in Corpus Christi.

Dr. Megan Clayton, AgriLife Extension range specialist in Corpus Christi, will lead the webinar. Continue reading

Webinar: Targeting the triple threat, cheatgrass, medusahead, and ventenata: Ecological impacts, interactions & current management

These invasive annual grasses are devastating western natural areas and rangeland, resulting in landscape-scale transformations in a cycle that favors further invasion. Further Impacts include:

  • A continuous bed of fine fuel associated with an increase in frequency and intensity of rangeland wildfire
  • Significant reduction or elimination of desirable perennial species
  • Reduced forage quality for wildlife and livestock
  • Increased risks for wildlife and pollinator species
  • Resulting wildfires that are a threat to humans, wildlife, property, and infrastructure.

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Publications now available on two Edwards Plateau, Concho Valley grass invaders from Mexico

by Steve Byrnes, Texas A&M AgriLife

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has new publications on two opportunistic and invasive grasses from Mexico now spreading into some Edwards Plateau and Concho Valley pastures, said Dr. Morgan Russell, lead author of both publications.

Russell, AgriLife Extension range specialist at San Angelo, said the culprits are Mexican needlegrass, which is infiltrating mostly from oil and gas operations, and Mexican feathergrass, a popular ornamental, which is escaping landscapes and cropping up on rangeland. Continue reading