Weed ID Wednesday: Buttercup – April 22, 2020

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Join our Livestock Agent, Kendra Fortner, on Wednesdays for our “Weed ID Wednesday” and learn about weeds we are seeing in pastures and hayfields.

Featured Weed: Buttercup

Buttercup Weed ID Wednesday

  • Problem in pastures and hayfields
  • 2 common species: Hairy Buttercup (Annual) and Bulbous Buttercup (Perennial)
  • Both species grow from basal rosettes that form in late fall and winter
  • Differentiating between the two species is best done by digging it up
    • Bulbous: slightly thickened roots that come up from a “bulb-like” base
    • Hairy: fibrous roots and no swollen base
  • Timing is critical for effective management, best time for treatment:
    • Fall (late October to early December)
    • Late winter to early spring (March to early April)
  • 2020 North Carolina Agricultural Chemicals Manual
  • Buttercup in Pasture and Hayfields

For more information or treatment recommendations, contact:
Kendra Fortner
Jackson and Swain County Livestock Agent
(828) 586-4009