Old World Bluestem is the name for an invasive grass that has been increasingly seen in Northeast Kansas and is causing real problems for cattle producers. Specifically the species we are dealing with is Caucasian Bluestem, a native of southern Asia and Australia. It is drought tolerant and very aggressive, but lower in quality and palatability than native species. Cattle will often leave Old World Bluestem untouched while grazing native pastures, thus reducing cattle gains and pasture stocking rates. Once this grass gets established, it can take over an entire pasture if left untreated. Options for control are limited, so early identification and control is critical.
On Thursday, December 5th, K-State Research and Extension will be putting on a meeting to inform producers about this invasive grass and how to identify and control it. The meeting will be held from 5:00 pm- 8:00 pm at the City Hall in Miltonvale, KS. Dr. Walt Fick, K-State Rangeland Specialist, will be giving a presentation on his experience and research with Caucasian Bluestem. Dinner will be provided by the Kountry Kafe, sponsored by The First National Bank of Hope in Miltonvale, KS. After dinner, both Dr. Fick and Dwayne Rice, NRCS Rangeland Specialist, will be fielding questions from the audience.
For more information and registration, please contact Robin Reid at the River Valley Extension District-Washington Office 785-325-2121 or [email protected] . There will be a small registration fee payable at the door. K-State Research and Extension, Cloud County Conservation District, and Natural Resource Conservation Service are all partnering to raise awareness of Old World Bluestem in the River Valley District.