Rhett Johnson

Prairie Private Lands Specialist
Native Prairie Bank Program
Southern Minnesota

Rhett Johnson is a Prairie Private Lands Specialist in southern Minnesota, he primarily works with landowners in the Native Prairie Bank program. Rhett has a background in field botany and plant ecology and has been working in the prairies of Minnesota for over 20 years.

Presentation Title: Fire and Haying Management for the Control of Smooth Brome (Bromus inermis) on Native Prairie Bank Tracts and Scientific and Natural Areas in Southwest Minnesota

Description: Smooth brome is a problematic species in southwestern Minnesota remnant prairies where it invades and spreads, reducing the quality of the prairie community. We began this study in 2020 to compare the effects management practices on smooth brome, native species diversity, and soil chemistry. The study compares spring prescribed fire, spring prescribed haying, fall haying, and no treatment. Study sites are two Scientific and Natural Areas and two Native Prairie Bank properties. 


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