Fire is part of nature's weed control toolbox

March 2011
Indiana Prairie Farmer;Mar2011, Vol. 185 Issue 3, pBP6
The article provides an overview of the oldest weed control agent by noting fire as a vital constituent of grassland ecology and explores how to use controlled fires as a range management tool with the idea of prescribed burning to aid in the removal of excessive mulch and debris.


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