Agronomy Geeks, Ep 11: Mike Cowbrough

If you’re looking for a little snack and happen to be standing in a patch of weeds, it’s entirely possible the plants at your feet are edible — maybe even tasty. If you’re looking for help on which one to eat, you might be surprised to learn that Ontario’s weed specialist can tell you not only the best way to kill said weeds, but also which go well in a soup.

In this episode of Agronomy Geeks, host Lyndsey Smith is joined by Mike Cowbrough, weed specialist for field crops with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, to talk about edible weeds, poisonous weeds, and the ever-evolving challenge of effective extension.

Cowbrough, pronounced “cobra,” also shares about the more complex aspects of integrated weed management, perceptions around killing trouble weeds, and what he’d be doing if he wasn’t a weed specialist (hint: it involves much different plants).