Study shows importance of tailoring treatments to clearly defined weed control objectives


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A new study in the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management shows that working smarter, not harder, can lead to better control of invasive weeds. And the first step is to clearly define your weed control objectives.

Do you want a quick, short-term reduction in a weed population or long-term control? Is your weed problem limited to a specific area, or are you also concerned about adjacent fields?
“Answering such questions can help you select the most appropriate management options and eliminate wasted effort,” says Katriona Shea, a researcher at Pennsylvania State University.
To illustrate the importance of upfront decisions, researchers conducted a two-year study involving invasive thistle, a weed often found in pasturelands and rangelands. Mathematical models…



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