Using Herbicides for Horse Pasture Weed Control

Good stewardship and management practices will help ensure you get the most benefit from an herbicide application.
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Using Herbicides for Horse Pasture Weed Control
Good stewardship and management practices are required to ensure you’re getting the most benefit from an herbicide application. | Photo Credit: iStock
Property owners can use various methods and strategies to combat weed problems in pastures. These include mechanical and cultural practices such as mowing or clipping fields, maintaining a good soil fertility program, grazing methods, and other management practices that promote desirable forage grass growth, which in turn competes against weeds.

Herbicides are one of the best ways to effectively control several troublesome broadleaf weeds. However, good stewardship and management practices are required to ensure you’re getting the most benefit from an herbicide application. Stewardship includes proper spray applications to minimize the potential for off-site movement of herbicides that might damage nearby sensitive crops and vegetation. Furthermore, consider reseeding and a field’s future uses before applying an herbicide.

Below are some important tips to consider when choosing and applying an herbicide product.

Tip 1: Select the appropriate product

It’s important to choose the right herbicide for the specific weed(s) you want to control. Most pasture herbicide products selectively target broadleaf weeds, but certain products are better for controlling specific weed species. Consult the product label and other resources such as university weed control guides (e.g., Weed Management in Grass Pastures, Hayfields, and Other Farmstead Sites, AGR-172 or Broadleaf Weeds of Kentucky Pastures, AGR-207) to determine if an herbicide will control the weeds of greatest concern. It is also important to determine if an herbicide product is approved for application on grazed pasture fields. Many herbicides that are registered for use to control weeds in lawn or turf areas contain active ingredients that are not EPA-approved for application on pastures to be grazed by animals

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