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    Kill buttercup with little grazing restriction?

    Is there such a thing? Insanely wet winter here and pasture doesn't drain well. (Working on that once tractor arrives.) I have buttercup popping up all over the pasture. Horses are already denied access to 1/3 of pasture as it was just completely renovated in fall. Whatever I put on this buttercup will basically confine them to stalls for as long as label requires no grazing. Ideas?
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    Found some good info on the University of Maryland Extension site.

    https://extension.umd.edu/learn/cont...ercup-pastures

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    i found that things highly educated people say are poisonous are not really necessarily poisonous. the animal knows what to and what not to eat. i would overseed with fescue and see what happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnH123 View Post
    i found that things highly educated people say are poisonous are not really necessarily poisonous. the animal knows what to and what not to eat. i would overseed with fescue and see what happens.
    Yep, that's the route I would take too. If possible, run an aerator over the pasture first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stablenickers View Post
    Is there such a thing? Insanely wet winter here and pasture doesn't drain well. (Working on that once tractor arrives.) I have buttercup popping up all over the pasture. Horses are already denied access to 1/3 of pasture as it was just completely renovated in fall. Whatever I put on this buttercup will basically confine them to stalls for as long as label requires no grazing. Ideas?
    2,4-D doesn't have any grazing restrictions for horses or cattle generally. I think there is a restriction for lactating dairy cows.
    I wouldn't hesitate to spray with 2,4-D, keep the horses off for a day or 2, just to make yourself feel better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnH123 View Post
    i found that things highly educated people say are poisonous are not really necessarily poisonous. the animal knows what to and what not to eat. i would overseed with fescue and see what happens.
    I'm not worried about the horses eating them. They've got more sense than that. I'm just worried about how fast they multiply. They're vigorous growers and will crowd out about anything.
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    Thanks guys. I suppose I could have gone rooting around on the net but I knew you would know.
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    Good post.
    FWIW, We have been fighting buttercup forever. The horses won't eat them but they do take over.
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    arlen, you do know that 2,4-d is the main ingredient in agent orange?
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    Half of the ingredients

    Quote Originally Posted by johnH123 View Post
    arlen, you do know that 2,4-d is the main ingredient in agent orange?
    I believe 2,4,-d is only half of agent orange. 2,4,5,t was the other half. I'm not aware of any particular issues with 2,4,-d by itself when used as directed. 2,4,5,-t has some real toxicity issues although we used the combination spray quite a bit in my younger days. I'm only delusional part of the time as a result. (Just kidding for those who don't know me. My wife says I'm crazy with most things involving tractors, attachments etc.)

    I wouldn't hesitate to use herbicides when needed if you are careful to apply by the label directions. Too many folks go straight to the recommended amounts and skip the fine print. That's where restrictions are usually found, including toxicity, withdrawal from contact by animals, potential volatilization etc. If you have any questions at all, contact your local Cooperative Extension office. They may be able to answer your question immediately but if not, they have access to specialists at NC State and if necessary other folks across the country.

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