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Experts will discuss brush, weed control at NMSU’s Corona Research Center

CORONA, N.M. – Ranchers and farmers across New Mexico are often challenged with the control of everything from salt cedar to starthistle. Weeds and brush can outcompete beneficial grasses, heighten fire danger and increase water usage on parched lands.


Cattle graze in a field.
Cattle graze at the Corona Range and Livestock Research Center. (NMSU photo)

Control of brush and weeds will be the topic of a Beyond the Roundtable seminar June 30 at New Mexico State University’s Southwest Center for Rangeland Sustainability in Corona.

“The presence of uncontrolled weeds and brush can have significant economic impacts on farms and ranches, affecting the health of both livestock and crops,” said Shad Cox, superintendent of NMSU’s Corona Range and Livestock Research Center.

The meeting will provide producers with the latest thinking on how to approach various control methods on farms and ranches.

The program will begin at 10 a.m. with a presentation on plant physiology by Amy Ganguli, NMSU range ecologist. At 11 a.m., a presentation will be given on chemical control of brush and weeds.

Lunch will be provided at noon.

At 1 p.m., Ganguli will outline the processes of prescribed burning. At 2 p.m., Brent Racher of Racher Resource Management will discuss mechanical brush removal.

The seminar will continue at 3 p.m. with a presentation of case studies and conclude with a roundtable discussion.

Registration is free but limited to the first 45 participants.

Register online at www.corona.nmsu.edu. For more information, contact Shad Cox at 575-849-1015 or shadcox@nmsu.edu. For directions to the center, visit the Corona Range and Livestock Research Center’s website at www.coronasc.nmsu.edu.