Grass burr / sand burr is definitely a pest in hay, especially hay fed to horses. Horse people, it’s a no-no. I mean there’s basically zero tolerance in horse hay.
Ken Hilliard is a representative of BASF Ag Products.
If an animal does eat a grass burr, I mean it could have effects on his tongue, it could have effects on his digestive system, so it’s not a good thing for an animal to consume.
After another pesticide had been taken off the shelf by the government, BASF petitioned the EPA for permission for Prowl H2O pesticide to be used on Coastal Bermuda grass pastures to control sand burrs.
We were told that the president of Texas Farm Bureau took a bag of grass burr / sand burr infested hay into the EPA in Washington D.C., and went in and met with them and set it down and said O.K., run your hands in this bag of hay and you tell me if your cattle or horses would want to eat that.
The demonstration produced the desired result.
This section 18 allows for the use of Prowl herbicide, gives, makes it legal to be used on coastal Bermuda pastures, outside its normal label.
In our area, grass burrs germinate around March 1st.
Prowl is a pre-emergent herbicide. It has no post emergence activity. Once that weed seed has germinated, Prowl’s not going to kill it. Once it’s up, it has no effect on it.
The hope is that this management tool will be available for use in the new year.
This special exemption that we’ve got that was granted on February 4th will expire on December 31st of 2008, but we’ve got submission in to TDA/EPA right now for an additional section 18 for 2009.
I’m Joe Brown, looking at Brazos Valley agriculture, from the ground up.