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Biological Control of Leafy Spurge manual coverA comprehensive, easy-to-read manual on how to use biological control as an effective leafy spurge management tool.

by Steve Merritt, Dave Hirsch and Dave Nelson

TEAM Leafy Spurge has teamed up with the USDA-APHIS and North Dakota Department of Agriculture to produce "Biological Control of Leafy Spurge," a full color, 20-page manual on using leafy spurge flea beetles.

This how-to manual provides step-by-step instructions on implementing a biocontrol program for leafy spurge using flea beetles. It details the entire process, from obtaining flea beetles and picking release sites to evaluating success, harvesting and redistributing flea beetles, and integrating biological control with other leafy spurge management tools.

Key contributors to the manual include the North Dakota Biocontrol Steering Committee, the North Dakota State University departments of Entomology and Plant Sciences, the USDA-APHIS PPQ/Biological Control of Weeds Laboratory in Bozeman (Montana), the North Dakota Weed Control Association and the USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory in Sidney, Montana.

If you are interested in obtaining copies of the "Biological Control of Leafy Spurge" manual you may contact TEAM Leafy Spurge by e-mailing a request to teamls[at]sidney.ars.usda.gov, (please replace [at] with @ when sending an e-mail) or by writing to TEAM Leafy Spurge, USDA-ARS NPARL, 1500 N. Central Ave., Sidney MT 59270.

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Multi-Species Grazing and Leafy Spurge manual coverA comprehensive, easy-to-read manual on using multi-species grazing as an effective leafy spurge management tool.

by Steve Merritt, Chad Prosser, Kevin Sedivec and Dean Bangsund

If you’re interested in using sheep to manage leafy spurge, TEAM Leafy Spurge has a must-read manual that will likely answer most of your questions. "Multi-Species Grazing and Leafy Spurge" is a full-color, 28-page how-to handbook that focuses on multi-species grazing as a tool to manage leafy spurge, improve range health and productivity, and potentially add a profitable enterprise to existing ranch operations.

The manual covers all of the basics. Topics include how multi-species grazing works, what can be expected from multi-species grazing programs, diet selection, stocking rates, fencing requirements, predation and more. The manual also features an extensive section on economics.

"Multi-Species Grazing and Leafy Spurge" was published by the USDA-ARS TEAM Leafy Spurge area-wide integrated pest management program. TEAM Leafy Spurge is headquartered at the USDA-Agricultural Research Service Northern Plains Agricultural Laboratory in Sidney, Montana, and managed in conjunction with the USDA-Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service.

If you are interested in obtaining copies of the "Multi-Species Grazing and Leafy Spurge" manual you may contact TEAM Leafy Spurge by e-mailing a request to teamls[at]sidney.ars.usda.gov, (please replace [at] with @ when sending an e-mail) or by writing to TEAM Leafy Spurge, USDA-ARS NPARL, 1500 N. Central Ave., Sidney MT 59270.

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Herbicide Control of Leafy Spurge manual coverTEAM Leafy Spurge IPM Manual:

Herbicide Control of Leafy Spurge.

by Rod Lym, Chad Prosser, Celestine Duncan, Dan Bangsund and Gerry Anderson

In November 2002, TEAM Leafy Spurge announced publication of its third “how-to” manual on leafy spurge management, entitled “Herbicide Control of Leafy Spurge.” The latest manual to be published in TEAM Leafy Spurge’s integrated pest management series on leafy spurge, the 40-page “Herbicide Control of Leafy Spurge” can aid producers in evaluating and selecting a herbicide management plan tailored to their needs. The manual is easy to read and its small size is practical and convenient in the field.

The herbicide control manual covers the basics, including a leafy spurge summary, herbicide overviews, sprayer calibration, the economics of herbicide use, and useful integrated pest management strategies incorporating herbicides with other control tools. A unique feature of this manual is an informational chart listing common leafy spurge herbicides, their application rates, time of application, potential level of control and precautions for their use.

Developed by TEAM Leafy Spurge, the manual was authored by leafy spurge herbicide expert, Dr. Rod Lym of North Dakota State University-Fargo and coauthored by Dr. Chad Prosser of Theodore Roosevelt National Park-Medora, ND; Celestine Duncan of Weed Management Services-Helena, MT; Dr. Dean Bangsund of North Dakota State University Department of Agricultural Economics-Fargo; and Dr. Gerry Anderson, Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory, Sidney, MT.

If you are interested in obtaining copies of the "Herbicide Control of Leafy Spurge" manual you may contact TEAM Leafy Spurge by e-mailing a request to teamls[at]sidney.ars.usda.gov, (please replace [at] with @ when sending an e-mail) or by writing to TEAM Leafy Spurge, USDA-ARS NPARL, 1500 N. Central Ave., Sidney MT 59270.

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