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New Invasive Grass Found in Montana

MISSOULA -

Scientists confirm another invasive grass takes root in Montana.

The invasive annual grass known as Medusahead Wildrye is confirmed on the Flathead Indian Reservation in southeastern Sanders County.

MSU botanists say like other troublesome annual grasses medusahead initiates growth early in the growing season, reducing moisture for perennial grass species. Once it dominates a site, the land has limited value for livestock or wildlife.

They cannot eat it because of a high silica content and the seed head contains stiff bristles, that can injure eyes and mouths of grazing animals.

Botanists will disseminate information to local farmers and ranchers so that infestations can be caught early.

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