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Pasture weed and brush management webinar planned

Feb. 23 online event is hosted by Great Plains Grazing

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Released: Feb. 15, 2016

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Maintaining proper weed and brush control can have a huge impact on summer pastures now, and in the future.

Kansas State University professors, Walter Fick and Doug Shoup will present “Pasture Weed and Brush Management” at 1:30 p.m. (CT) on Tuesday, Feb. 23. The webinar will be hosted by Great Plains Grazing, a U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agriculture and Food Research Initiative-Coordinated Agricultural Project grant. Fick and Shoup are Great Plains Grazing team members.

This is a free webinar, and is open to anyone interested in gaining an understanding of weed and brush control. Participants can expect to learn the following methods of weed and brush control:

  • Chemical
  • Mechanical
  • Burning
  • Grazing
  • Biological

Fick is a rangeland management specialist with K-State Research and Extension based in the Department of Agronomy. He was raised on a cattle and hay ranch in the Nebraska Sandhills. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Nebraska. His completed his Ph.D. in range science at Texas Tech University and was subsequently hired by K-State. Extension responsibilities include prescribed burning, brush and weed control, and grazing management.  Current research is on saltcedar and Old World Bluestem. Fick also teaches three upper division courses in range management.

Shoup is an associate professor at K-State. He earned bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees at K-State. He has worked on common waterhemp resistance to PPO inhibiting herbicides such as Cobra, Blazer, and Reflex. In addition, he has been involved in research on growth regulator herbicide drift on cotton and common lambsquarters susceptibility to glyphosate. After college, he worked for Monsanto in its biotechnology soybean program for two years before returning to K-State as its southeast area crops and soils specialist. His current research and extension programs focus on crop production systems, integrated pest management, and forage utilization.

This is the seventh of a series of 12 webinars hosted monthly by Great Plains Grazing. The series aims to provide research-based information, and is targeted for producers and extension agents. Previous webinars are archived and available for viewing on the Great Plains Grazing website.

To register for the pasture weed and brush management seminar on Feb. 23, visit Upcoming Webinars.


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For more information:
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