Category Archives: Weeds

Yellow Weeds in my Pastures?

    News Column By: Chad Gulley County Extension Agent–Ag/NR Smith County What are these yellow flowers in my pasture? Have you noticed yellow flowers growing in your pastures lately? There are several plants with yellow flowers but the Texas Groundsel (Senecio ampullaceus) and Buttercups (Ranunculus spp.) are the most abundant right now. The Texas Groundsel is a cool-season annual herb.  It can grow to 12 to 30 inches tall.  The plant often looks whitish with hair but some can be hairless.  The unlobed, clasping leaves gradually reduce… Read More →

Control of Winter Weeds

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County Controlling Winter Weeds                 Last week in the Ag Biz news column, winter weeds were discussed.  The article discussed the types of weeds we are seeing in home lawns right now and went into a description of the weeds to help better identify these lawn weeds.  These winter weeds include dandelions, chickweed, henbit, burweed, and clovers in the home lawn.  This week I am following up with control options. So I have these weeds in my lawn,… Read More →

Winter Weeds

  Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County Winter Weeds                 Cool season weeds or what many just call “winter weeds” are in many lawns right now.  These weeds include dandelions, chickweed, henbit, burweed, and clovers.  Depending on the weed species, the weed will germinate in the fall, grow all winter, and produce seed then die in late spring as our warm season grasses begin to germinate.  Controlling these weeds helps our turfgrass develop a dense, uniform cover as well allowing our grasses more… Read More →

Grassburs

Ag Biz News Column By: Chad Gulley County Extension Agent–Ag/NR Smith County   Controlling Grassburs              Ah, the grassbur, everyone’s favorite grassy weed species right?  The grassbur is referred to as field sandbur, sandbur, or just plain grassbur.  When you get one of these in your clothes or socks, it does not take long before you realize it and you immediately stop and remove this painful little problem. The field sandbur (grassbur) is a summer annual grassy weed that can be found in home lawns, sports fields, parks,… Read More →

Beware of Toxic Plants

 (Perilla Mint or Beefsteak Plant) Ag Biz News Column By:  Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County   Beware of Toxic Plants  When managing livestock, producers need to pay close attention to issues with toxic plants.  The possibility of toxic plant consumption by livestock is more pronounced during drought due to reduced grazing selectivity.   There are more than 60 species of plants in East Texas that have the potential to be toxic in some stage or condition. Factors affecting plant toxicity include plant growth phase, the plant parts,… Read More →