Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Cheatgrass that Wasn't There

My first Land Lines column is in the June issue of Rangelands, a journal of the Society for Range Management.

“It looked like the ground was moving; there must have been millions of them. And they were eating every green shoot. It was dark, but I saw some on a light-colored rock. Then I saw 'em everywhere!”

I shivered in the chilly June evening as I listened to the rancher.

“It was warm in January, warmer than it is right now, and I saw the larvae in February,” he continued. “I collected some and took them in. The guy said they were army cutworms.”

Learn more about the culprit(s) in the Great Cheatgrass Caper on the SRM website.

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