BACKGROUND: Jointed goatgrass came from Europe. In the United States it is a serious invader of winter wheat crops, spread by combines and other farm machinery. It also thrives along roadsides, in pastures, on rangeland, and in waste areas.
Other common names: Jointgrass
DESCRIPTION: A winter annual, jointed goatgrass grows 15 to 30 inches tall. It may have one or more upright stems. Leaf blades are one-eighth to one-quarter inch wide and have fine margin hairs near the stem juncture. The seed heads are long and slender and have a segmented appearance. As the seeds mature, the plant turns from green to a reddish or tan color. Flower and seed production take place from late spring to mid summer.
CONTROL: Biocontrol is not available. Select herbicides can offer fair to good control when the plant is fully tillered and again in late fall and winter. Contact your local state or county weed specialist for specific updated information.