Cattle Grazing Effects on Phragmites australis in Nebraska

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Authors: Jerry D. Volesky, Stephen L. Young, and Karla H. Jenkins (2016) Invasive Plant Science and Management: April-June 2016, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 121-127.
Phragmites australis (common reed) is a widely established invasive plant in wetlands and riparian areas. A three-year study was initiated in Nebraska to evaluate targeted cattle grazing, herbicide effects, and the nutritive value of this species. Results suggest that cattle will utilize Phragmites, and the cumulative effect of grazing has the potential to reduce P. australis populations. However, other methods would have to be used for greater control and site restoration. READ FULL PAPER.