Controlling Invasives in Central Nebraska

Phragmites is a growing problem in the waterways and riparian areas of Nebraska, while Russian olive and eastern redcedar are invading uplands. These shrubs thrive in poor soil, and are darned hard to kill. They also re-sprout vigorously after cutting or burning. Controlling these invasives typically involves cutting, followed immediately by burning or an application of herbicide.

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What Are Invasives?

Aggressive invasions of native and exotic shrubs such as tamarisk, Russian olive, eastern redcedar and reeds are causing problems on western Great Plains rangelands. They hog the water, shade the sun from nurturing the grass, and disorient game and nongame wildlife. These pests adversely impact ag economics, the ecology, and native wildlife on the Plains.

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