Grass Weeds – be alert AND alarmed

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Grass Weeds – be alert AND alarmed

This is the time of year when many of the perennial grass weeds become obvious – mostly because they are unpalatable and left behind by stock, which is why they can get the competitive advantage. These are the grasses that we are concerned about for Greater Hume and Snowy Shires.  They are threats to production and the environment in our landscape, although may not be delared noxious. Included are the links to the NSW DPI information about each species – ID and control strategies.

The best defense in production landscapes is a healthy, competitive pasture.

African Lovegrass

Very common on the Hume Highway and getting a real toehold around Albury and Thurgoona  – pic below is ALG in pasture

http://weeds.dpi.nsw.gov.au/Weeds/Details/3

african lovegrass invading pasture in tabletop (1)

Chilean needlegrass

Has established populations in Jindera, Burrumbuttock area

http://weeds.dpi.nsw.gov.au/Weeds/Details/36

chileanneedlegrass

Coolatai Grass

At the moment on the Hume Highway at Holbrook, Gerogery, Albury and Thurgoona

Large tussock looks a lot like Kangaroo Grass but distinctive “rabbit ears” seed  head
coolataiseedhead

http://weeds.dpi.nsw.gov.au/Weeds/Details/179

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