infests millions of acres of rangeland, however, this winter annual grass can also infest your crops and significantly impact yield. Ventenata can out compete downy brome
populations, has less nutritive value than most of our winter annual grasses, can cause damage to harvesting equipment and livestock will avoid grazing Ventenata at all times. Ventenata can be differentiated from downy brome by the bent awns and prominent black node in the stem (picture 1-2).
In 2013, Drew Lyon and I performed research trials for the management of Ventenata in cereal crops. Ventenata could be controlled in cereal crops using most Group I and II herbicides, depending on surfactant combination (See data from 2013). We saw similar control at the Thorton, Washington site in 2013-2014. Osprey with AMS and Zidua pre-emergence provided excellent control at this site in 2013-2014.
Ventenata and Bulbous Bluegrass Control in Winter Wheat Following CRP Takeout, Anatone, WA