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Weed of the Week: Bracken Fern

Weed of the Week: Bracken Fern

Photo Credit: Chris Evans, River to River CWMA, Bugwood.org

Bracken Fern is a common perennial fern that is found across the United States. Its ability to grow well is both dry and moist soils, as well as along tree lines, in wooded areas, and around buildings, make it a well-adapted species. While all parts of the fern are toxic, the rhizomes are most toxic, with horses and swine being most susceptible to the toxicity and ruminants being more tolerant. Toxicity is caused by an induced B1 deficiency, however, livestock rarely consume large quantities of bracken fern, unless forage availability is limited.

 

For help identifying weeds and developing a control plan for your operation, please contact your county extension agent. 

For more information on this topic please see the following UF/IFAS Publication: Bracken Fern Control in Pastures

 

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Author: Kalyn Waters – kalyn.waters@ufl.edu

Holmes County Extension Director working in the areas of Agricultural Management in row crop, natural resources, livestock and forage production. Specialized in Beef Cattle Production in the area of reproductive, nutritional and finical management.
http://holmes.ufl.ifas.edu

Kalyn Waters

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