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Be on the Lookout for Hood Canarygrass (January 25, 2017)
A different species of canarygrass(Phalaris sp.) was found in the Gila Valley last season. It is Hood Canarygrass (Phalaris Paradoxa) which is similar to the Littleseed canarygrass (Phalaris minor), that has been here for many years. The seedlings are different and it can be misidentified when it first emerges. The leaves are broader than littleseed and do not bleed when broken at the stem. The seed heads looks similar but are different. The spikelets have a characteristic hook compared to littleseed which is smooth. Last season Hood Canarygrass was difficult to control postemergence with clethodim (Select) or sethoxydim (Poast). Please let us know if you find this species.

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