Roughstalk bluegrass emerges as problem in grass seed fields

Two consecutive rainy springs are being cited as the primary reason for an influx of roughstalk bluegrass in Willamette Valley grass seed.

With the industry's top control option all but eliminated, growers are finding it difficult to keep the weed in control and keep stands viable.

In some cases, growers will be wise to pull out stands earlier than planned, according to Andy Hulting, Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences weed control specialist.

"Particularly, some of the tall fescue fields are going to have to come out, because we don't have the tools to manage it in those fields," Hulting said.

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