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New Technology Allows Ranchers to Control Mesquite Better than Before, says Brian Cain with Bayer
Mon, 06 Jun 2022 13:36:27 CDT
Ron Hays, Senior Farm and Ranch Broadcaster, talks with Brian Cain, the Southern Range Segment manager of Bayer Range and Pasture. Cain talks about Bayer's digital ranching platform, RangeView, and how the same technology which was originally developed to help ranchers identify cheatgrass is now being used to identify and control mesquite.
With the use of Bayer's Invora herbicide, combined with RangeView's digital technology, ranchers in western Oklahoma have the chance to control invasive species in their pastures and increase the growth of valuable forage better than before.
"Range View is originally a digital platform for ranchers and land managers to utilize satellite imagery," Cain said. "It really identifies the brush densities on targeted land sites."
RangeView, Cain said, allows producers to see their property from another perspective. Producers already know what their property looks like, he added, but seeing it from a digital satellite model can help give them a better idea of the species growing in their pastures and where to find them.
"It will either identify brush density that they already knew about or maybe they didn't know about, and that is always beneficial when you get ready to treat," Cain said.
In terms of correctness, Cain said RangeView is beneficial for maximum effectiveness and utilization of the product that you treat with. In other words, he added, it helps producers make sure they are treating the right spots in their pastures.
After RangeView develops a map of a producer's property and the producer treats it, Cain said the treatment site is automatically enrolled into a restoration pledge that promises to keep mesquite at five percent canopy cover or less for up to five years.
For RangeView to work the best for mesquite control, Cain said it is critical that the trees are treated with Invora.
"They work extremely well together and that is where the magic really happens," Cain said.
While mesquite is the main target for ranchers in western Oklahoma, Cain said RangeView has endless potential to be utilized for many other species down the road.
"I think whatever you can dream, you can do," Cain said
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