Invasive plants are defined by Wisconsin Legislation as “nonindigenous species whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health” (NR40). These plants can persist in our climate, reproduce, and spread. This is why Wisconsin has developed legislation to prevent the introduction and spread of these species. While much of the benefit from these regulations is focused on non-agricultural areas, this can directly (and indirectly) influence agriculture. Below are several examples of how invasive plants impact agriculture followed by a brief description of how agronomists can assist in preventing the spread of these new invaders.
Soil Science Extension
University of Wisconsin Madison