Monday, July 9, 2001

TEAM Leafy Spurge schedules range tour
By Steve Merritt for the MSU News Service

Contact: Steve Merritt (406-433-9440; smerritt@sidney.ars.usda.gov)

BUFFALO, S.D. – In an effort to showcase effective, affordable Integrated Pest Management strategies for invasive weeds, TEAM Leafy Spurge will once again sponsor a tour of its demonstration sites in the Buffalo, S.D., area.

The tour will depart at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, July 20, from the Harding County Extension office in Buffalo and last about four hours.

TEAM Leafy Spurge program manager Chad Prosser said the tour includes stops at the same multi-species grazing, herbicide and biological control demonstration sites featured in a similar tour two years ago.

"The tour will be a learning experience for anyone interested in leafy spurge management, but it will be especially interesting for those who participated in the first tour," Prosser said. "Seeing the sites then and seeing them now will give people a chance to compare and see what has happened the past two years."

Sandwiched in between the two tours was a biological control workshop focusing on leafy spurge flea beetles, held last year.

Prosser said the tours and biocontrol workshop are part of TEAM Leafy Spurge’s effort to increase awareness about leafy spurge and management strategies that work.

"The best way to learn is to see and experience things first hand, and that’s exactly what we’ve been doing," he said.

The tour features three stops: A herbicide demonstration by Leon Wrage and Darrell Deneke, South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension Service, and Tom Mellum, Harding County Weed and Pest supervisor; a multi-species grazing demonstration by Scott Kronberg, USDA-ARS Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory (formerly South Dakota State University Department of Animal & Range Science); and a biological control demonstration by Jack Butler, Central Missouri State University Department of Biology.

Prosser said he always looks forward to events in the Buffalo area.

"The ranchers and landowners in Harding County and the surrounding areas have been great to work with," he said. "They are very interested in learning about IPM and new management strategies, and they’re always appreciative of our efforts."

TEAM Leafy Spurge is a five-year IPM research and demonstration project funded and led by the USDA-ARS in partnership with the USDA-Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service. It’s goal is providing landowners and land managers with proven leafy spurge control techniques based on IPM strategies.

TEAM participants include the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management; land grant universities, including South Dakota State University, Montana State University, North Dakota State University and the University of Wyoming; state Cooperative Extension Services; county weed supervisors, ranchers and land managers.

For additional information on TEAM Leafy Spurge, leafy spurge biocontrol or Integrated Pest Management, see the TEAM Leafy Spurge website at www.team.ars.usda.gov/ or send an e-mail to teamls@sidney.ars.usda.gov

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