Grass bur control will highlight March 7 webinar

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu
Contact: Brittany Grube, Brittany.grube@agnet.tamu.edu

COLLEGE STATION – Controlling sandburs with a new product will be the focus of a March 7 webinar hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

Control of sandburs such as this will be the topic of a March 7 webinar. (texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Paul Baumann)

Control of sandburs such as this will be the topic of a March 7 webinar. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Paul Baumann)

Field sandbur, commonly called grass bur, is a summer annual grassy weed found in Texas and especially adapted to dry, sandy soils, according to Dr. Vanessa Corriher, AgriLife Extension forage specialist in Overton.

Corriher, who will be the presenter during the webinar, said the spiny burs of the seed heads can contaminate feeds and hay, thus reducing its palatability and acceptability to livestock. Competition from this weed also delays Bermuda grass establishment and reduces both the forage yield and quality.

“Unfortunately there have been limited options in the past for controlling sandburs in pastures and hay meadows,” she said. “Luckily, a new product, Pastora, has been developed for the control of sandburs in Bermuda grass pastures and hay meadows. Not only does Pastora control sandburs, but it also has activity on several other weed issues for us in Texas.”

This webinar is part of a series conducted monthly by the AgriLife Extension’s ecosystem science and management unit. Each webinar is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m., according to Brittany Grube, webinar coordinator.

Participants seeking Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units must pay a $10 fee on the website. For all others, there is no fee, Grube said. Licensed agricultural pesticide applicators participating in this webinar can earn one general Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education unit.

This webinar and others in the series can be accessed at http://naturalresourcewebinars.tamu.edu/. For more information on the webinars, contact Grube at Brittany.grube@agnet.tamu.edu .

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