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Made the pasture worse...bindweed infestation
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Tom A    Posted 06-05-2001 at 17:22:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey all. I had a mediocre pasture that I wanted to refurbish. It had some bindweed, along with a fair amount of wild rose and johnson grass. The neighbors (all long time farmers) all said to just spray with 2-4-d, then replant. I don't want to use large quantities of chemicals, so I thought I could do it the 'old fashioned' way. I plowed in the fall, let the furrows winter over. Disked, disked and disked again in the spring, spot spraying with roundup (used about two gallons) to kill the johnson grass that sprouted. Finally I seeded with pasture mix.

Now there's almost no rose, very little johnson grass, but the bindweed has absolutely taken over with a little bit of poison ivy for good measure. What to do?? The pasture mix looked great coming up, then all of a sudden the bindweed kicked in and I 'bout can't see the grass for the bindweed.

thanks for all input,

Brad    Posted 06-06-2001 at 05:08:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
what is bindweed? This is the first year I have not sprayed our pasture,just mowing and it does make a difference on the weeds. Brad

Burrhead    Posted 06-06-2001 at 20:15:50       [Reply]  [No Email]

It's one of the most noxious and agressive weeds there are.

At the big A&M school in Bryan they teach that mowing and fertilizer is the best herbicide there is. I have to agree with you I can tell a difference in quality and production both on fields without herbices where we only mow.

Where I poison has better production by a little, but the quality is better in the mown hay patches.

rhudson    Posted 06-06-2001 at 21:01:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Mr. Burrhead,
would you know a title of a picture book of weeds (hard to write that without laughing) or a web site. different areas call weeds by different names. even our local agg. rep. wants to send samples in the lab before he will identify. since i'm so good at growing weeds i feel i should at least be able to identify them. thanks.

Clover Honey    Posted 06-07-2001 at 09:05:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Saw your post to Burrhead about the weed photo book. Don't know what part of the country you're in, but a book called "Weeds of the West" has very good color photos of weeds from the western half of U.S. It's kinda pricey, but worth the dough. Or maybe you can find it in a library.

BTW, I been reading this board for some time and getting a kick out of it, but this is my first post. Thanks for the entertainment, you guys!
Clover Honey

rhudson    Posted 06-07-2001 at 21:57:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
are you a bee keeper per chance? and thanks i'll look it up.

Clover Honey    Posted 06-08-2001 at 08:19:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
No, I don't keep bees (except in my bonnet occasionally, according to some rude people here at home)! I just like honey...around here we have a monastery where the monks make all different kinds of honey...raspberry, clover, etc. Yum!

As regards to the comment below about whether I'm a blonde, I think I'll keep y'all guessin'...a smart woman never tells all she knows!

rhudson- mead recipes?    Posted 06-08-2001 at 12:14:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Can you talk the monks out of a secret recipe for honey wine? or are they the kind that don't talk.:>)

IHank    Posted 06-07-2001 at 10:14:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Clover Honey- Welcome aboard! Just remember to wear your boots when clicking on some of the threads here... Also, if you ain't got a good sense of humor you hopefully will after hanging out with us.

Remember, a weed is just a plant out of place. Grins, IHank

Clover Honey    Posted 06-07-2001 at 10:54:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the welcome, Hank. I get a kick out of all of the threads here (even tho sometimes I gotta get out the hubby's hip waders)! You all shore do have a sense of humor and then some, but I myself usually can't come up with the grins. I do like to read 'em and chuckle tho.

BTW, I notice the female persuasion is a little scarce on this board, so I'll try to post more often to back up Dreamweaver, Bluebird, and the others. We got to represent ourselves, Ladies! (Or at least defend ourselves!)

Clover Honey

Dreamweaver    Posted 06-07-2001 at 14:12:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Welcome Clover Honey! Remember......there's power in numbers, heehee....

Burrhead Yall R slippin    Posted 06-07-2001 at 16:34:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nobody found out if Clover Honey is a blonde.

Welcome to you Clover Honey hope you can help us get through it sometimes cause we're usually pretty formal round cheer.

Burrhead    Posted 06-07-2001 at 06:47:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
I lost all my links on the last re-boot.

I'll holler t Nathan maybe he still has some.

I know the U of Ga has a good weed site, and The U of NC has another good one. I'll see if I can surf some out.

rhudson    Posted 06-05-2001 at 21:51:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Tom, don't know the size plot, but if you are satisfied with the lay and smoothness of the land. i would consider spraying with 24d and no tilling. i don't know what a pasture mix is in your area, but as Burrhead notes, 24d and clover don't mix. pastures need loosening every so often anyway so don't think of the plowing as a waste. in our area a no till drill can be rented from ASCS office for $10 per ac. for the protection it gives you from adverse weather, i think its well worth it.

Burrhead    Posted 06-05-2001 at 19:12:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't let the bindweed get too agressive. If you don't want to use herbicides the only other choice is to keep the field fertilized and mow-mow-mow. You can finally choke it back but as you let the grass come up for forage and hay the bindweed will creep back in when you quit mowing.

The prob you have with bindweed is that it's such a deep rooted weed that when you turn or disc the land it does'nt kill the bindweed it just aerates it and gives more rhizomes to sprout out from..

Watch the 2-4D if you have any clovers or other legumes as it will kill them too.

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