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Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by stanguilles7
Are you sure? I think we have to import special Kudzu eating sheep to eat the Kudzu. I don't think typical cattle will eat it. Surely goats would eat it, I once knew a goat that ate the bumper off a van.
You're right. According to that article livestock will eat it, but herbicides won't kill it. Some herbicides actually make it grow better. They say you have to close your windows at night in the South to keep from getting overgrown by it, and during the day you can actually watch it grow!
Originally posted by DontTreadOnMe
This is just wonderful...another Asian hitchhiker with no natural predators...this one damaging apples, peaches and grapes....and this one going after citrus:
Maybe the critter will stay out of Michigan: most of our apple crop in the north was destroyed by the early heat we had in March
Hmm...thats strange not sure about the odds but unless somehow they were offsprings from a particular group that doesn't interbreed? Just a thought.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by hp1229
A few years ago, on the Big Island, the captured the last three wild Hawaiian Crows, two males and a female. They put them all in a cage for a month or two to get used to each other, figuring that they would release them, and the female would choose a mate, and they would go make a nest. After a couple months in their big cage, they opened the door, and all three flew off in three different directions.
Giant Hogweed is native to central and southwest Asia. It was introduced to the United States as a garden plant. The earliest recording of the plant in the U.S. is 1917, from Highland Park, New York (outside of Rochester).
This noxious plant is now well established in New York State and Pennsylvania, and continues to spread. Giant hogweed can thrive in many habitats. It grows particularly well in areas where the soil has been disturbed, such as on wastelands, riverbanks, roadsides and along railroads. Its size and rapid growth allow it to quickly dominate an area, if the conditions are right.
Caution must be used if you encounter this plant. It poses a serious health threat to those who come in physical contact with it. The sap, when combined with moisture and sunlight, can cause severe skin and eye irritation, blistering of the skin, scarring and even blindness. If you come in contact with this plant, seek immediate care from a physician. Do NOT attempt to eradicate it on your own. The removal or treatment of this plant should be done with extreme care.