Snow-on-the-Mountain (<em>Euphorbia marginata</em>) is one of the most poisonous weed species encountered in Missouri pastures. Spiny amaranth (<em>Amaranthus spinosus</em>) infesting a pasture in northwest Missouri. MU Weed Scientists utilize GPS tracking collars to determine the effects of weed infestation on cattle grazing distribution. Currently, herbicide-resistant waterhemp fields like this are one of the most problematic weeds in the state.

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Fun Facts


Scotch thistle (Onopordum acanthium) is said to have helped win a battle. Norsemen came ashore planning to surprise sleeping Scottish forces and removed their boots for a quieter assault. A prickly patch of thistle growing between the two armies is said to have saved the day and became the Scottish national flower.


Welcome to the University of Missouri's Weed Science homepage. Here you can find information related to our extension, research, and teaching programs or visit some of our web resources like the Missouri Weed Identification or Herbicide Injury Guides. In our "Research Results" section, you can search results from our field research by year, herbicide, weed, or crop. Additionally, you can click on our publication section to see all of the publications and newsletter articles we provide as well as to view and/or listen to some of our power point presentations. We welcome your comments and/or suggestions about this site.

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