North Dakota officials are keeping an eye on two potentially troublesome weeds as they take public comments on whether to amend the list of the state’s most problematic plants.
A weed strong enough to stop combines and resist many herbicides has been confirmed in South Dakota for the first time, raising concerns it could spread and cut deeply into crop production in the Upper Midwest — one of the few areas it hadn’t yet invaded.
It’s a beast of a weed, creeping north into the Midwest from cotton country. Palmer amaranth can shoot up as high as 7 feet, and just one plant can produce up to a million seeds. Herbicide is increasingly futile against it, and the weed’s thick stems and deep roots make it hard work to clear by hand.
If flowers are friends to homeowners, then weeds must be enemies. The theory is that dandelions, chickweeds, thistle and Creeping Charlie steal water and sun from our precious bluegrass.
The mild winter and early spring that were a boon for Upper Midwest farmers are contributing to headaches they are starting to deal with now.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is warning of noxious weeds in Washington County.
It’s hard to disconnect dandelions from that bouquet we gave our moms or from that dandelion crown we made as little kids. As adults, though, frolicking isn’t exactly what we want to do with dandelions.
I promise we’re not stuck in the middle of a series of Good Question rants. Last night we talked about Canada Geese. Tonight we’re talking about dandelions.
The weeds were bothering Virginia City Councilor Don Sipola.