Agronomy and Horticulture Department
herbicides, chemical control of plants, woody plants, woody plant control
Many woody plants are problems in rangeland, along roadsides, under utility lines, and along irrigation and drainage ditches. It is often desirable to control these plants on rights-of-way, but it is advisable to study the situation before controlling them on rangeland. Chemicals used to control undesirable woody species may also kill desirable range £orbs and woody plants. One should be certain that the range forage will be improved before he does any large-scale spraying. It may be advisable to conduct a few small-area trials before the entire range is treated. To make spraying pay on rangeland it is desirable to follow good range management so that grasses will take over as the woody plants die out. Even though the grasses are present, they will not spread after the woody plants have been killed except under light grazing or no grazing conditions. Many of the grass plants should be allowed to produce seed. In South Dakota research has been limited to the use of chemicals for the control of buckbrush, sagebrush and poison ivy. Therefore, most of the information presented was obtained from the North Central Weed Control Conference and from states that have more woody plant problems than South Dakota. Most of the suggestions offered here have not been tried extensively in South Dakota, but they have proved to be satisfactory under similar conditions.
South Dakota State State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, Agricultural Experiment Station
Derscheid, L. A. and Ferrell, E. K., "Chemical Control of Woody Plants" (1955). Agricultural Experiment Station Circulars. 111.