Brittle bush infestation reduces forage production because brittle bush
competes strongly with buffelgrass (Cenchrus ciliarus). Several studies
were conducted to determine the effectiveness of mechanical and chemical
brittle bush control. Mowing killed few plants but temporarily reduced
growth. Hand removal resulted in 100 percent mortality, but brittle
bush seedlings rapidly reinvaded and densities were equal to
pretreatment levels after 3 months. Soil-applied pelleted tebuthiuron
and picloram control brittle bush. High intensity livestock grazing
reduced brittle bush growth, but caused no significant change in brittle
bush density after 3 years .
- 53. Ibarra, Fernando A.; Martin, Martha H.; Torres, L. Ricardo; [and others]
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