Toadflax Field Day in Cheyenne

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Do you have a toadflax problem? Have you tried multiple management techniques? Does a yellow-flowered hillside make you shudder? Dalmatian and yellow toadflax (Linaria dalmatica L. and L. vulgaris Mill.) are species on Wyoming’s noxious weed list which can displace desirable forage, reduce species diversity, and spread quickly. These are just a few of the […]

Think you can restore cheatgrass-infested rangeland? Come show us!

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Wyoming Restoration Challenge 2015: Cheatgrass Millions of acres of western rangelands are negatively impacted by invasive species, and cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) is one of the most widespread. Its ability to alter species composition and ecological functions negatively impacts habitat quality for livestock and wildlife alike. Hundreds of research papers have been published on its ecology […]

Top 5 Most Viewed Posts from the Control Freaks – 2014

To celebrate the new year (and because I’d rather spend time with my family than create new content over the break), I’ll be posting the top 5 most viewed blog posts here at the Control Freaks over the next 5 days. But first, I want to thank everyone for reading our little blog. It is […]

A 40 year veteran of weed research reflects on his career

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Bob Wilson, the weed specialist at the University of Nebraska’s Panhandle Research & Extension Center is retiring this month. Dr. Wilson has been a long-time mentor to me, serving as advisor for my M.S. and co-advisor for my PhD. Since then, we’ve collaborated on many projects aimed at helping sugarbeet producers better manage difficult weeds. […]

PhD Assistantship in Invasive Weed Ecology and Management Available

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We are actively seeking an outstanding student for a PhD project investigating the incorporation of threshold concepts and ecological site descriptions for invasive weed management on western rangelands. A successful candidate will be experienced with field study design and subsequent collection and analysis of ecological data in remote sagebrush landscapes. Travel to multiple field sites […]

Glyphosate use in wheat

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A blog post titled “The Real Reason Wheat is Toxic” has been making the rounds on social media. The post by the “healthy home economist” is riddled with errors and misinformation.The post contends that glyphosate is commonly sprayed on wheat at harvest time, and that glyphosate then causes health problems when the wheat is consumed. […]

What have they done to our FOOD?

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Department of Plant Sciences Seminar  What have they done to our FOOD? Andrew Kniss, Ph.D. Friday, October 17th, 2014 College of Agriculture and Natural Resources AG 1032 1:10 PM   People in developed countries seem more interested than ever in the way their food is produced. Genuine interest in the food we eat is, without […]

Superweeds: A Mutating Problem

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Superweeds have been in been in the news a lot over the last few months. Most of the recent coverage has been related to new 2,4-D resistant crops that were recently approved by the USDA and the new herbicide formulation (2,4-D plus glyphosate) that the EPA is reviewing. Marc Brazeau recently wrote a compelling piece arguing […]

Dear Dr. Oz: We Don’t Spray Feathers

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Not long ago, in front of a Senate panel, Dr. Oz (the most trusted doctor in America) was told by Senator Claire McCaskill “I don’t get why you need to say this stuff because you know its not true.” Senator McCaskill was referring to the many “miracle” weight loss supplements that Dr. Oz promotes on […]

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