Cheatgrass a growing weed worry in NDBISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s Agriculture Department is urging land owners and managers to be on the watch for the invasive weed cheatgrass.
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s Agriculture Department is urging land owners and managers to be on the watch for the invasive weed cheatgrass.
Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the weed has devastated millions of acres in the West and is being found more frequently in North Dakota.
Goehring says cheatgrass cheats native plants out of moisture and nutrients and ruins grazing land. The weed also known as downy brome dries out quickly and creates a wildfire hazard.
Cheatgrass ranges from 4 inches to 30 inches tall. Seedlings are bright green with “hairy” leaves. Stems are erect, slender and slightly hairy. The drooping seedheads of mature plants often change color from green to purple to brown or tan as the plant dries. It produces as many as 5,000 seeds per plant.
Online: Cheat-grass information