Video Gives Advice on Variety of Weed Prevention Tactics for Native Grass Pastures and Hayfields

Picture of Pat Keyser and Student Johnny Richwine
A new course in the 'Native Grass College' gives Tennessee landowners tips to treat weeds and prevent them from coming back in native grass pastures and hayfields. Pat Keyser and Ph.D. student Johnny Richwine examine a native grass pasture for weeds. Thick, vigorous pastures such as this are generally able to easily suppress weeds. Image courtesy UTIA. 

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A University of Tennessee Extension resource made available to the public in early 2018 is getting a second installment this fall from leading grasslands expert, Patrick Keyser. Keyser, a professor in the UT Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries and director for the Center for Native Grasslands Management, launched "Native Grass College," a free UT Extension resource that takes viewers into the field, giving them comprehensive information and detailed visuals on a variety of subjects related to managing native grass forages.

The new video, ‘Competition Control 101’, will help land managers understand a variety of methods for preventing and dealing with weeds in their native grass pastures and hayfields.

As with any type of forage production, stand vigor and longevity of native grasses will be improved where competition is controlled.  “Producers need to understand how to best control weeds in native grasses,” says Keyser. “It is similar in many ways to competition control in other types of forages, but there are some other options available with native grasses.”

To view the course and access other resources, visit Additional reference materials related to competition control can be found on the web page just below the videos.

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Contact: Kristy Keel-Blackmon, communications specialist, UTIA Department of Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries, 865-974-8342,