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Managing weeds and invasive plants

Many of our weeds and invasive plants in Canada have been introduced as crops, ornamental garden plants, parts of seed mixtures, or were used in revegetation projects. On developed land, weeds can be a problem and can reduce the establishment of crops, productivity of fields, and increase the risk of erosion by out-competing deeper rooted species. Some weeds and invasives can be poisonous and can harm livestock or pets.

Information for producers, rural property owners, hobby farmers and land developers in the Yukon: read more here

WALK YOUR FIELD program:

Do you know what's growing on your land?
Yukon Invasive Species Council (YISC) offers the Walk your Field program to all producers, rural property owners, hobby farmers and land developers throughout the Yukon. You will receive professional support in identification of weedy plants on your property. Early detection and rapid response are important in minimizing weeds and invasive plants.

  • Early detection and rapid response are important in weed management
  • Keeping weeds out of properties will maintain purity and quality of crops and fields
  • Keeping weeds out will keep pets and livestock safe

Contact info@yukoninvasives for more info on the program

Foxtail Barley (Hordeum jubatum)

Foxtail Barley is a perennial tufted plant that is native to North America including Yukon. The stiff, sharp awns of Foxtail Barley act like slivers, creating a hazard for wild and domestic animals including dogs by lodging in the noses and mouths, which may lead to infection. Though technically not an invasive plant, it is, however, opportunistic and spreads rapidly across the landscape. Read more