Hay donated to fire victims may contain noxious weeds

Hay donated to fire victims may contain noxious weeds

The Republic

Montana’s Department of Agriculture is asking ranchers who received donated hay after a large fire or ongoing drought to keep an eye out for noxious weeds. Dave Burch, the agency’s weed program manager, urges ranchers to watch for new weed species, document them and follow up with weed control. Burch says county weed coordinators, extension services and conservation districts can help ranchers identify invasive species and develop a management plan.

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