Noxious Weed Control and Seeding Establishment on Goshute Tribal Lands Linden K. Greenhalgh Extension Associate Professor, Utah State University, Tooele County Jerry Caldwell, Tooele County Weed Supervisor Abstract Objectives ResultsThe Tooele County Weed Board has taken an education and assist •Improve tribal land through noxious weed control and successful seeding establishment Before (2010) After (2011)approach to noxious weed control. Instead of investigation and •Train personnel in weed control and seeding establishmentenforcement, weed workers conduct regular education and assistance No. of (5X5) round bales 48 110programs to help land owners in control efforts. With grants from ~1300 lbs.Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education and UtahDepartment of Agriculture and Food an education and restoration Tonnage 31 72project was carried out on the Confederated Tribe of the GoshuteReservation in Ibapah, Utah. Project objectives were to: 1) Educate Price/ton* $99 $151personnel in weed control and successful seeding establishment, and Total Value $3,069 $10,8722) Improve tribal land through noxious weed control and desirablespecies establishment. Two weed workshops, weed identification and Difference $7,803weed control methods and a weed sprayer calibration clinic wereconducted. Eighty acres of irrigated land were selected for restoration Total Project Cost $12,400based on infestation with problem weeds including “”Carduus nutans””L, “”Cirsium vulgare””, “”Cirsium arvense”” and “”Cardaria draba””.Herbicide spray treatments took place in 2009, and 2010 followed byseeding with “”Festuca ovina”” and “”Dactylis glomerata”” in October Contributors2010. Production of grass hay was 31 and 72 tons before and afterrestoration, respectively. With grass hay in Utah valued at $99/ton in Project Contributors Labor & Equipment Value2010 and $151 in 2011, hay produced on project acres before and afterrestoration was worth $3,069 and $10,872, respectively, an increase of SARE-FRTEP Grant $2,550$7,803. Total project cost was $12,400. Project impact was not only asignificant increase in forage production and value but restoration of Tooele County Weed Division $3,630land previously unusable. Goshute Tribe $210 BLM $2070 Methods Weed Control UDAF $440 •Summer 2009 Chaparral Treatment Producer $3,500 •Mowed between 1st & 2nd Spray •Summer 2010 Milestone, 2-4D & Escort Treatment Total $12,400 •Fall Cut 48 5X5 Round Bales in 20 acres •Summer 2011 Milestone, 2-4D & Escort Treatment •Fall Cut 110 5X5 Round Bales in same 20 acres Conclusion Soil Preparation Phase 2 was mowed & triple disced Noxious weed control and seeding establishment on Goshute Tribal Lands was a huge success when considering weed control and forage Seeding production increases. The initial SARE grant of $2,550 drew in nearly Seed mix was 17 lbs of orchard fescue grass mix with oats as a cover crop $10,000 of additional contributions from partnering agencies. A previously Dactylis glomerata (Orchard grass) weed infested field was brought back in to production with Avena sativa (Oats) as cover crop significant returns for the producer. Festuca arundinacea (Tall fescue) IntroductionNoxious weed control presents a constant battle on western rangelandsand in irrigated cropland. A $2,550.00 Western Sustainable AgricultureResearch & Education grant was applied for and received in 2008 forwork on federally recognized tribal land in Tooele County, Utah. Twotribes reside in Tooele County, the Confederated Tribes of the GoshuteReservation in Ibapah on the Utah-Nevada line and the Skull Valley Bandof the Goshutes 50 miles west of Salt Lake City. A project proposal wasmade to the tribe in Ibapah for weed control and reseeding on 80 acresof irrigated ground.
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