Should I remove the bush honeysuckle from my farm?

By Grant Woods,

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I have about ten acres of old ag fields that have been overrun with invasive bush honeysuckle. The patch of honeysuckle is blocked my a wide stream that prevents it from expanding further. The deer seem to love the honeysuckle for bedding. Is it best to leave the suckle as a bedding area or yank them and create some early successional habitat?


I suspect the bush honeysuckle will cross the stream.  It’s a very invasive species.  I would work to remove the bush honeysuckle and promote native vegetation in that area.  Deer tend to prefer native warm season grass and other vegetation much more than bush honeysuckle.

Enjoy creation,


December 15, 2015