As pastures wither, poisonous plants can become a problem


AgriLife Extension sets Aug. 15 pasture and poisonous plant management workshop in Lubbock

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576,

Contact: Robert Scott, 806-775-1740,

LUBBOCK – Sparse pastures can force hungry livestock to eat toxic plants. To help producers manage their land properly, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a pasture and poison plant management workshop Aug. 15 in Lubbock.

The free educational program, which starts at 6:30 p.m., will be in The Bank Lobby located at 916 Main St., said Robert Scott, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent in Lubbock County.  

“We’ve had a few cases of weed toxicity and I’ve noticed some toxic weeds in the county,” Scott said. “With the pastures burning up in this summer heat, toxic weeds will be more evident as more desirable forage is eaten, so livestock will be more likely to feed on them.

“Our speaker will be Dr. Tim Steffens, AgriLife Extension rangeland resource management specialist at West Texas A&M University. And as the workshop’s name implies, he’ll speak on poison plant management and pasture management.”

RSVP by noon Aug. 15 by calling 806-775-1740. More information is also available by calling that number.


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