Weeds affect us all, they steal moisture and nutrients from desirable plants, shade out older plants, decrease nutritional value of forage, and some are toxic to livestock or humans. Weed infestations can decrease forage yields and lower the value of pastures. In this course you will learn to identify, prevent, and the manage weeds on your property. Proper weed management is very dependent upon several factors including weed life cycles and timing of treatments. You will learn integrated pest management (IPM) principles in which mechanical, biological, and chemical controls are discussed. Not all weeds are managed the same way. Utilizing the appropriate control method will ensure reduced costs and weed impacts over time. This course explores organic control options, as well as chemical controls and highlights real-life examples of how specific weed infestations were successfully managed.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Textbooks and Materials
All materials are supplied within the online course.
John Rizza is the Small Acreage Management Specialist on the Western Slope of Colorado, working in a partnership position between CSU Ext. and USDA-NRCS. John helps private landowners and land managers be better stewards of their lands by addressing their resource concerns such as controlling invasive weeds, managing grazing, and addressing forest health issues. His desire to help private landowners in Colorado to sustainably manage their land has been an awarding experience during the last 5 years.
John achieved a B.S. in Natural Resources Management with a minor in Forestry at Colorado State University. Shortly after graduating college, he earned an ISA Certified Arborist license. He then earned a M.S. in Forestry from the University of Tennessee. After graduating, John spent a few years working in the inland northwest as a consulting forester helping private landowners manage their resources. He has also been a Forester on the Colorado State Forest, helping manage 72,000 acres with a multitude of interests in consideration.