Working together to strengthen and support noxious weed management efforts in Montana.


MSU Report for the Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund Advisory Council

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013


This report for the Montana Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council was assembled in compliance with the Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund Act and Administrative Rules which require an annual report from the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and Montana State University Extension Service on current projects and future plans. This report is a compilation of major weed science research and education activities conducted by MSU over the past three years and includes highlights of funded Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund grants as well as comprehensive reporting of all weed science research products and education funding and activities.

Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund Projects 2010–2012

  • Biological Control of Common Tansy and Oxeye Daisy, Jeff Littlefield
  • Biological Control of Invasive Hawkweed and Tansy Ragwort, Jeff Littlefield
  • Biological Control of Russian Knapweed, Jeff Littlefield
  • Biological Control of Whitetop and Perennial Pepperweed,Jeff Littlefield
  • Can Biological Control and Targeted Sheep Grazing be Integrated to Suppress Spotted Knapweed?, Jeff Mosley
  • Cheatgrass Ecology and Integrated Management, Jane Mangold
  • Continental Divide Invasive Weed Barrier Zone, Kim Goodwin
  • Establishing and Monitoring Insectaries for Yellow Toadflax Biocontrol, David Weaver
  • Herbicide Resistance Extension Information for Montana Producers, William Dyer
  • Identifying and Testing Candidate Agents for Russian Olive Biocontrol, David Weaver
  • Implementing EDRR in Montana Using the INVADERS Database, Jane Mangold
  • Integration of Pathogens, Sheep, and Herbicides to Manage Cheatgrass, Fabian Menalled
  • Missouri River Watershed Coalition Coordination, Elizabeth Galli-Noble
  • Rangeland Revegetation Revisited, Jane Mangold        Saltcedar Effects on Mycorrhizal Fungal Communities and Screening of Native Species for Restoration, Erik Lehnhoff
  • Tall Buttercup Ecology and Integrated Management, Jane Mangold
  • Weed Free Borders Protection Program, Kim Goodwin
  • Weed Management Certification Program, Jane Mangold
  • Weed Seedling Identification Guide, Jane Mangold

Download a copy of the complete report 2013 MSU Annual Report to the MNWTF

Results of Weed Mgmt and Research Needs Survey

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013


The Integrated Weed Management (IWM) committee of the Montana Weed Control Association (MWCA) recently conducted a survey of weed professionals. The survey was part of the IWM’s “Building Bridges” goal of facilitating communication between researchers and managers. We hope the following results bridge on-the-ground weed management needs with current research by: providing direction to research programs in Montana, identifying conference and field tour topics, and updating the Montana Weed Management Plan.

The results summary is available for download.

Thank you to everyone who  participated in the survey.

Monica Pokorny, MWCA IWM Chair

MSU June Post – Biological Control

Saturday, June 30th, 2012


Biological control is a term often used to describe insects that help to control noxious weeds.   The June MSU Monthly Weed Post provides updated information about some of the agents currently available for leafy spurge, spotted knapweed, dalmatian toadflax and houndstonge.

Download the June 2012 Monthly Weed Post from Montana State University.

Visit the MWCA Biological Weed Control page for more information.  Contact your local weed coordinator for help getting biocontrol agents in your area.

Turning Livestock into Land Management Tools at Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site

Sunday, November 29th, 2009


by Christina Miller,
Natural Resources Specialist, DSC Socks, Spackle, and Ginger Snap are only a few of the newest weed control managers at Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS. They successfully completed a seven-step program that modified their preferred cuisine and made them effective rangeland stewards. These new weed control managers dutifully spend their days grazing in the pastures, working toward the eradication of exotic invasive weeds. Oh, by the way, they’re cattle, affectionately termed “smart cows.”

Read the complete article about these weed eating cattle.