New England Forage and Weed ID and Management Training Project


 Forage and Weed Plant Basics and Identification

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The following are materials  and some links that may be helpful for identifying our common forage and pasture species as well as the most common weeds.  If you have additional materials, favorite websites or presentations that you have made pretaining to this, please send them to me and I'll post them.

Forage and Pasture Plant Identification
Identification and Characteristics of  Pasture and Forage Grasses in the Northeast - Un. of Vermont (4 page pdf)
Identification and Characteristics of  Pasture and Forage Legumes in the Northeast - Un. of Vermont (2 page pdf)
Forage and Pasture Plant Identification - Presentation from the Un. of Vermont (pdf)
Grasses of the Northeast - Un. of  Delaware Publication from the 1950's (pdf)
Identifying Pasture Grasses - Un. of Wisconsin (pdf)

Website - Pasture Plant Guide (grasses, legumes and forbs of the N.E.) (USDA-ARS) 
Website - Forage Identification (Purdue) 

Forage and Pasture Plant Growth and Development
How Grass Plants Grow -  Iowa State Publication (pdf)
Alfalfa Growth and Development - Un. of Wisconsin Publication (pdf)

Website -  Grass Growth and Regrowth (Oregon State)

Weed Identification
Common Pasture Weeds of Vermont (2 page)
Weed Seedling ID - North Central States Publication

Website - Commonly Found Weeds in Vermont Pastures
Website - U. Mass Weed Herbarium
Website - New Jersey Weed Gallery
Website - Virgiania Tech Weed ID Guide

Start em young
Start em young learning those forage plants!

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