Posted 7/31/2020 22:48 (#8407983 - in reply to #8407276) Subject: RE: Milk weed removal
North Central Illinois
pat-michigan - 7/31/2020 15:36
ctnfarms - 7/31/2020 14:27
I don't want to sound like a tree hugger because I'm definitely not, but milk weed is the only plant that the monarch butterfly uses to reproduce. That is the one weed I have learned to live with.
My ancestors are likely rolling in their graves: but I mow around milkweed patches in my crp.
I used to be able to control it in row crops with RUP and 2-4-D through the sponge applicator. Hemp dogbane, not so much. I also have noticed monarchs on hemp dogbane as well. They still get mowed though.
I had a friend and his teen daughter walk my organic soybeans and told them not to pull any milkweed.
My sheep eat milkweed first and The cows at least eat some of it.