Category: Student Perspectives

On Fencing and Frolicking

We knew last spring when we strung electric wire around four targeted grazing sites that our fences would have to be as effective at holding cattle out, as keeping sheep in. But the fences were to be temporary and, after all, 5 strands of “hot” poly-wire ought to do the job for a month each […]

Browse on, Grazers

As we approach the end of the June, I thought it appropriate to share with everyone a brief insight into my grazing treatments from the beginning of this month. But first, some background. We began building electric fences in May at the four sites selected for my grazing treatments. Each had seven cells (four for […]

Summer Prep and Webinars

Here in the Mealor lab, all of us are prepping for what is sure to be a crazy busy summer field season. Considering we’re already halfway through May, summer is bound to fly. There will be fence-building, seed-counting, grazing, clipping, weighing, measuring, rating and more. Just last week, we were building fences for a grazing […]

An Awkward Relationship

Many Master’s projects in Weed Science are aimed at building our understanding of weeds and some aspect of their management so that we can better combat them. My project is focused on the development of a method to kill downy brome seed contaminants in reclamation seed mixes without harming desirable seeds. One might think that […]

Toadflax Farming

“I’m so glad those nasty plants are finally out of here!” This quote was brought to us at the end of last semester by one of the professors in the Department of Plant Sciences whose greenhouse is adjacent to that of my Masters advisor, Brian Mealor. The plants referenced, of course, were the Dalmatian toadflax […]