Controlling Grassy Weeds in Horse Pastures

Broadleaf plants, such as dandelions and ragweed, aren’t the only weeds that can infiltrate pastures. Here’s how to control grassy weeds that can be prominent in summer pastures, including crabgrass, yellow foxtail, and nimblewill.
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Controlling Grassy Weeds in Horse Pastures
In the right conditions, yellow foxtail can take over summer pastures. | Photo: Courtesy University of Kentucky

Last year’s record rainfall caused significant damage to pastures across the southeastern U.S. Farm owners reported stunted growth in established stands as well as new seeding failure in cool-season grasses.

Muddy conditions also compounded hoof and vehicle traffic’s effects on pastures, further damaging established grasses. In addition, many farm owners and managers were unable to apply fertilizers and herbicides, simply because it was too wet.

All these factors resulted in increased bare soil across many horse pastures, which will encourage weed growth this spring and summer

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