Grant Helps Researchers Tackle Perennial Weeds in Organic Systems

Montana State University and co-investigators at Washington State University, Oregon State University, North Dakota State University, and the USDA Agricultural Research Station in Sidney, Montana, have received a $2 million Organic Research and Extension Initiative grant to find control methods for field bindweed and creeping thistle in organic farming systems. These two weeds have been identified by Montana organic farmers as their top challenges, and they also challenge conventional farmers. Montana organic farmers will be included in the project consortium and will conduct in-field research trials. The project will take a multi-faceted approach to weed control that includes experiments with livestock grazing, cropping rotations, soil microbiology, tillage, and plant genetics.