Know your mesquite varieties
In much of Texas or southern Oklahoma, Honey mesquite is the common variety. Further west, past the Midland-Odessa region and into New Mexico, Western Honey mesquite is more common. Even further west is Velvet and Screwbean mesquite.
“Those more western varieties are more difficult to control,” Hart says. “They are shorter plants and don’t have as much leaf growth. So you really need to know which variety of mesquite you have in order to obtain the best control.”
Along with mesquite control, Sendero may also provide additional weed and brush control. Specifically, Sendero combines two molecules discovered and developed by Dow AgroSciences for use on rangeland and pastures: aminopyralid and clopyralid.
Aminopyralid is one of the ingredients in both GrazonNext® HL herbicide and ChaparralTM herbicide. Both products have proven effective in weed control and brush suppression. Clopyralid is the single active ingredient in Reclaim® herbicide, which has been a popular mesquite control material.
“With the high cattle prices we’re finally seeing, it’s important that cow-calf and stocker programs get the most out of their perennial grasses,” Hart concludes. “A good mesquite management program, one that can help ranchers obtain the most gain from their cattle, is important, especially during drought conditions.
“With this new Sendero herbicide program, ranchers have a better tool to keep mesquite problems under control.”