Bad-news weed |

Bad-news weed

Three years ago I discovered that my pasture was filled with a greenish yellow bush about 2 feet high with little yellow flowers and a smell of tar. It is also very prickly, almost as much as star thistle.

Animals will not eat it, yet in this drought it thrives along roadsides and pastures. I still see small plants coming up where there is no water. It seems to be spread by either wind or water.

The first year I pulled the plants up and harvested two pickup loads of feed sacks filled with them, even with a rack on top! Each year I have fewer sacks to take to the dump, but I still have about l0 sacks from an area of four acres. If you have this noxious weed, pull it up and dispose of it. Once we have frost, it becomes brittle. When you pull it up then, it shatters, and seeds go everywhere. It grows exceedingly fast. Look for it! It’s bad news!

Gene Casner

Grass Valley

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