Yellow Field of Invasive Leafy Spurge

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Yellow flowering eurasian leafy spurge spreads across a field on a ranch in North Dakota. Leafy spurge can be catastrophic to grasslands for both economic and ecological reasons. It is estimated that the plant reduces the productivity of grazing land by 50 to 75 percent. It currently inhabits about <br />
three million acres of rangeland in the U.S. The plant can reach densities of up to 1,800 stems per square yard. Its deep root system makes eradication of the species extremely difficult. Roots are woody, tough, and can reach depths up to 15 feet, and lateral spread of up to 35 feet. Vegetative reproduction from both crown.
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