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Rita Smith: Help on ID for the yellow flowers in farmers' fields

Rita Smith writes:
Good morning Ed, I am hoping that you or someone may help me find out what are the flowers , that I am seeing in farmers fields. Is it some type of field cover . I would really love to know. Do you suppose Billy Fudge would know? Thank you. Sincerely --Rita Smith
Rita - Thanks. I believe Billy Fudge would know, too. Adair County Agent Nick Roy has identified the flower in linked photo are "Field Buttercups." They are a nusisance in pastures because they have no nutrient value and crowd out desirable pasture crops. Thanks for asking - it's a reminder that we needing to post some links County Agent Roy gave to some identifcation guides he uses and recommends.

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Wildflowers of Kentucky: Buttercup, the Weed

2016-05-16 - Metcalfe County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, (c).
Pastures are as much or more yellow this year with a beautiful wildflower which is a noxious weed for cattle farmers, called buttercups. Some fields are so solidly covered that it looks as though the plant had been purposely grown as an agricultural crop. However, Adair County Agent Nick Roy said, "It's a weed. It's crowding out forage crops cattle need. They smother out grass crops, so there is less for cattle to eat."

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