CANTON — Cornell Cooperative Extension is holding a demonstration of a “weed wiper” on July 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Extension Learning Farm in Canton. The evening will include using the weed wiper, weed identification and talking about weed control in pastures. Kitty O’Neil, Regional Agronomist, and Betsy Hodge, Livestock Educator, will be on hand to demonstrate and answer questions.
Thistles, nettles and other tall weeds are often left standing after animals graze in a paddock. It is a challenge to eliminate these weeds because they are allowed to go to seed and spread. The weed wiper is one method of controlling these tall pasture weeds. The wiper consists of a tube with herbicide inside. Pieces of rope hang from it and are soaked with the herbicide. The wiper is drawn across the weeds above the desirable species and touches only the weeds. This allows you to target the herbicide to only those plants you want to eliminate.
Other methods of weed control will also be discussed at the meeting. The pasture walk is free and open to the public. Registration is appreciated but not necessary. Register with the Extension Office at 379-9192. The CCE Extension Learning Farm is located on State Highway 68 about 2 miles from Canton towards Colton on the sharp curve.