My goats go absolutely nuts over this plant. Read lots about it, how a farmer saved his starving cows by turning them in on it and they thrived and put weight on and had healthy calves. I want to grow it too, and dry for hay. I'm going to plant in a small paddock with support trellises, but so it will grow out into the goat pasture on all 4 sides so they will control it. Don't want to be covered over with it.
Very high in protein and minerals and good for people too. They were doing some research in China 30 or so years ago, as they believed it was a cancer cure. Never heard any more about that too, so it was probably swept under the rug.
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posted 8 years ago
It's a big problem in some parts of the southeast like where I come from in TN. It creates "kudzu deserts", as some might call them.. bringing down trees, power lines and generally shading out all native plant life. Not to mention the further detriment to the environment caused by road and power crews throwing herbicides at it, being that it grows in so thick and over so varied expanses of terrain as to make mowing nearly impossible. I don't know off-hand, but I'd be willing to wager it's more or less illegal to cultivate in most states east of the Mississippi and south of the Mason-Dixon line.
Red Cloud 31 wrote: Very high in protein and minerals and good for people too. They were doing some research in China 30 or so years ago, as they believed it was a cancer cure. Never heard any more about that too, so it was probably swept under the rug.
Kudzu is rich in isoflavones, similar to soy and clovers. Many of the chemicals appear to have anti-cancer effects or retard the progress of many types of cancer, so there is probably a great deal of truth to this. That said, kudzu is eating up the South. Be careful.
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posted 8 years ago
At least I know what to do with kudzu when it makes it to my property. Train some animals to eat it, compost it, and plain use it, before it uses me