Red cluster weed in new horse pasture

Asked August 1, 2013, 10:44 AM EDT

I have a client who brought this week into the office. He just seeded this pasture with pasture grass mix and many weeds are popping up. He was worried to let his horses graze near this weed.

Cheboygan County Michigan

1 Response

This looks like a sumac plant to me but I am not a weed expert. Check out the following: http://www.weedinfo.ca/en/weed-index/view/id/RHUTY

If it is sumac, it shouldn't be an issue from a toxicity standpoint as long as there is good forage for the horse to eat. sumac isn't poisnonous but if there may be a chance of irratiation to the mouth if the horse tries to eat it. I don't believe it is palatable at all to horses so as long as the horses have access to good forage they should be fine.

I would like to check with

Dierberger, Betsy

Soil Conservation Grassland Specialist at USDA-ARSGregory, Michigan

too give this weed an ID.

Phone: 517-324-5265
Fax: 517-324- 5171
Email:
betsy.dierberger@mi.usda.gov