Invasive grasses workshop set for March 18-19 in Fargo, N.D.

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What: Cool-Season Invasive Grasses of the Northern Great Plains Workshop

Where: Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave. S, Fargo, N.D.

When: March 18-19

Registration: Online only at Select “Sections” and then “Northern Great Plains Section Meeting.” Early registration discount ends March 7.

Questions: Contact Shawn DeKeyser, NDSU, 701.231.8180 or

Tuesday, March 18

8 a.m.: Registration Open

8:45 a.m.: Welcome and Introductions

9 a.m.: Plenary Presentation, Current distribution and diversity trends of cool season invasive grasses in the Northern Great Plains, Dr. Kenneth Spaeth Jr.* – USDA-NRCS – Central National Technology Support Center; Fort Worth, TX

9:30 a.m.: Ecological site and state and transition model dynamics in the Northern Plains Grasslands, Jeffrey L. Printz*

10 a.m.: Potential impacts of Kentucky bluegrass invasion in the Northern Great Plains, John Hendrickson*, Mark Liebig, Allison Haider, Scott Kronberg, and Jeff Printz

10:30 a.m.: Break

11 a.m.: An adaptive approach to managing smooth brome (Bromus inermis) and Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis) on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-owned native prairies in the Northern Great Plains, Cami Dixon*, Bridgette Flaners-Wanner, Terry Shaffer, and Todd Grant

11:30 a.m.: The population genetics and competitive ability of an important invasive species in the prairies of the Great Plains; Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis), Lauren Dennhardt and Steven Travers*

Noon: Lunch

1:30 p.m.: Using prescribed fire and glyphosate to manage the invasion of native prairie by trees and shrubs, and the exotic invasive grass, smooth brome (Bromus inermis), in Saskatchewan, R. A. Wright*, G. Longpre, J. R. Smith, K. Kelly, and J. Karst

2 p.m.: Managing Crested Wheatgrass within Native Rangelands, Paul Drayton*

2:30 p.m.: Break

3 p.m.: Spring clipping, fire, and simulated increased atmospheric nitrogen deposition effects on tallgrass prairie vegetation, Alexander J. Smart*, Tabithia K. Scott, Sharon A. Clay, David E. Clay, Michelle Ohrtman, and Eric M. Mousel

3:30 p.m.: Plant-soil feedback and invasive grasses, Lora Perkins*

4 p.m.: Can leaf-level photosynthesis help explain the success of cool-season invasive grasses? Xuejun Dong, Janet Patton, Lianhong Gu, Jinzhi Wang, and Bob Patton*

4:30 p.m.: Adjourn for the Day

7 p.m.: Northern Great Plains Society for Range Management Section Meeting

Wednesday, March 19

8:30 a.m.: Evaluation of annual grass control in range, pasture, and roadsides with herbicides in Colorado, Wyoming, and South Dakota from 2006 through 2012, Jim Daniel*

9 a.m.: Effects of burn frequency and grazing on the abundance and distribution of invasive and native cool-season grasses, Greg Hoch*

9:30 a.m.: Evaluating the effects of different timings of prescribed fire on rangeland invaded with Kentucky bluegrass in east-central North Dakota, Amy Ganguli, Kevin Sedivec*, Dennis Whitted, Jim Bennington, and Kent Belland

10 a.m.: Break

10:30 a.m.: Early intensive grazing research in the Missouri Coteau Region, Bob Patton*, Bryan Neville, and Anne Nyren

11 a.m.: Bud bank reduction: a new ecological approach for controlling Smooth brome (Bromus inermis), Lan Xu*, Haiming Kan, and John Hendrickson

11:30 a.m.: Potential management of Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis) on native prairies in the Northern Great Plains, Jonathan Quast*, Shawn DeKeyser, and Cami Dixon

Noon: Lunch

1:30 p.m.: Kentucky bluegrass invasion: mismatches between socio-economic and biological thresholds, David Toledo*, Matt Sanderson, and John Hendrickson

2 p.m.: Break-Out Session, David Toledo*

3 p.m.: Break

3:30 p.m.: Roundtable Discussion

4 p.m.: Adjourn