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Control Weeds In Fence Rows Now

Unmanaged fence rows can hide an assortment of problems

Un-managed fence rows can hide an assortment of problems

Spring is a demanding time of year for north Florida’s farmers and ranchers.  Time is at a premium and the work requirements are strenuous and seemingly without end.

It is easy to overlook or delay chores which are not screaming for immediate attention.  Weed control on fence rows is one such task.

While general fence maintenance is normally relegated to slower winter months, weed control can be effectively accomplished in the spring when these nuisances are emerging from dormancy.

Smilax, dewberry, night shade and a host of other pest reside on and near field and pasture fences.  In addition to serving as site for seed production, the un-managed fence rows can harbor insects and diseases with destructive potential for the fenced crop.

For more information read the following UF/IFAS publication on fence row management,  Weed Management in Fence Rows, and/or contact your local UF/IFAS Extension Office with weed identity questions and control options.



Author: Les Harrison – harrisog@ufl.edu

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director. He began his work in the Northwest Extension District as the Sustainable Agriculture and Extension Technology Agent in Leon County on August 25, 2006. His career in agriculture extends back over thirty five years and includes work in business, government and academic positions. Prior to working with the Extension Service, he spent 16 years with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in the Division of Marketing and Development. He worked in four of the division’s six bureaus. He has also managed farm supply cooperatives in Alabama and Virginia with annual sales over four million dollars, worked for an international grain company, and was a research associate for Auburn University’s Agricultural Economics Department. He has a Master’s of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics from Auburn University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism from the University of Florida. He is the author of over 400 publications and has written professionally for print and broadcast media.

Les Harrison

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