[NAFEX] weeder geese

Brungardt, Sam Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us
Fri Jun 19 11:37:28 EDT 2009

There have been quite a few studies done in the past few years using
weeder geese.  Here are some resources:
Weeder Geese (Univ. of Missouri)
Using Geese to Control Weeds (Metzer Farms)
Weedwacker or Just Another Pretty Face?:
Weeder Geese http://www.dietrick.org/biocontrol_geese
Weeder Geese and Vole Control in the Orchard
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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Kevin Moore
Sent: Friday, June 19, 2009 9:59 AM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] weeder geese

	The information I have says 4-6 geese per acre. If you feed them
your most common weeds as goslings they will eat them and leave your
veggies alone.


	From: Kieran &/or Donna <holycow at frontiernet.net>
	To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
	Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2009 9:26:24 PM
	Subject: Re: [NAFEX] weeder geese
	Back when I thought I wanted geese, I came across info on small
weeder geese that were used in  cotton fields in the south.  A dozen
geese could do the work of one man with a hoe.  They ran them in the
fields early in the season, they ate the grass and produced a luxury
meat crop to sell.  They were really necessary during the world wars
when manpower was short.  I'd think that some of the organic cotton
growers ought to get in on it.  
	    Likewise it seems that for strawberries the geese are
brought in early and get the grass out before the plants get going good.
It's not like they are standing around on the berries in picking season.
The trick is not too many geese, just enough to do the job.    Donna 

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