When the leaves begin to change in the fall, a certain plant really stands out in Kansas fields and rangeland. Smooth sumac, which turns a vibrant red color, is the October World of Weeds feature plant.
Two common brush species native to Kansas and widely spread across the state are roughleaf dogwood and smooth sumac. These shrubs can produce clumps that will shade out and reduce forage production. Be on the lookout for these shrubs and implement a control plan if needed.