Quackgrass is often considered a nuisance. however, the common weed may be useful in pastures, especially if mixed with complementary pasture species, such as white clover.

According to research from Ohio State University, yields were 23 percent higher when quackgrass and white clover were grown together than when either species was grown alone.

“We are not recommending a grower plant quackgrass or propagate it, but in a pasture where quackgrass is widespread, there could be an opportunity to take advantage of the forage characteristics of the plant that make it compatible with other common pasture species,” said David Barker, assistant professor of horticulture and crop science at Ohio State University.