Dow AgroSciences donates herbicide Transline to Conner Prairie to help control invasive Canada thistle
Director of Public Relations
FISHERS, Ind. (Monday, Jan. 9, 2017/Conner Prairie) – Dow AgroSciences has donated herbicide Transline to Conner Prairie to help control invasive Canada thistle throughout the museum’s 800 acres, including its prairie grass land.
This is the third straight year the Indianapolis-based company has supported the museum with donation of the specialty herbicide.
Canada thistle is a perennial plant with extensive spreading roots that rapidly forms dense colonies. The weed is listed as a noxious weed in 43 U.S. states and six Canadian provinces and can infest habitats including cultivated fields, non-crop areas, wildlands, rangelands and pastures. It can often be found along stream banks or other waterways.
Conner Prairie Facilities Manager John Denny said the applications have been highly successful in controlling the invasive Canada thistle throughout the prairie.
“In the fall of 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture identified a Canada thistle problem on our grounds,” said John Denny, facilities manager at Conner Prairie. “The agency recommended Dow AgroSciences’ Transline herbicide, which we apply twice a year, in the spring and fall.”
Transline is a selective herbicide that controls the spread of broadleaf weeds and woody brush species in non-crop areas, including forest sites, industrial manufacturing and storage sites, rights of way, wildlife openings, tree plantations, rangeland and permanent grass pastures. Use of a selective herbicide helps land managers control undesirable species while promoting a diverse plant community for wildlife and pollinators.
“Connor Prairie is long-time staple to central Indiana. We’re proud to partner with Conner Prairie and help to keep this incredible asset a beautiful place for children of all ages to learn and grow,” said Matt Armson, product manager with Dow AgroSciences.
Spanning 800 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes nearly 390,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.
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Conner Prairie's mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences. Created by Eli Lilly in 1934, Conner Prairie combines history with science, technology, engineering and math and encourages visitors to explore Indiana’s natural and cultural heritage through hands-on, immersive and interactive experiences. Inspiring visitors of all ages to discover more about the events, discoveries and forces that shaped the American Midwest, Conner Prairie offers various historically themed, indoor and outdoor experience areas throughout its 800 acres of wooded property in Fishers, Ind. Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute Affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Conner Prairie is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that relies on grants and philanthropic donations from corporations and individuals for sustainability and growth. Visit connerprairie.org or call (800) 966-1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate and volunteer. Conner Prairie is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.