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Dickey County Pesticide Training Dates

Breana Kiser, Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent

The North Dakota Department of Ag has added two new weeds to the state noxious weed list Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) and houndstongue (Cynoglossum officinale L.).

Palmer amaranth is an aggressive pigweed species similar in appearance to waterhemp and was first found in the state last year. It has now been found in five counties.

Houndstongue, which does not spread aggressively like Palmer amaranth, has been found in North Dakota since at least 1911 but infestations have tripled since 2008. It is now found in at least 25 counties.

2-21-19 Palmer AmaranthPalmer amaranth may spread through multiple channels, including: contaminated seed mixes; equipment and machinery movement; animal feed and bedding; and wild birds. It is a prolific seed producer that can emerge throughout the growing season. It grows rapidly at 2-3 inches per day in optimum conditions and is prone to herbicide resistance and multiple modes of action. It is a highly invasive weed that can dramatically cut crop yields. Farmers and ranchers are encouraged to scout fields and pastures frequently to monitor.

 

2-21-19 Houndstongue

Houndstongue is spread when its burr-like seeds are picked up by animals or people moving through infested areas. The infestations are most often found near wooded and riparian areas, making it difficult to control. Houndstongue is toxic to livestock if ingested.

 

Palmer amaranth has been found in Dickey County. NDSU Extension is teaming up with Domine Seeds and Sales to share with you how to identify and manage palmer amaranth. We will discuss palmer amaranth, commodity elections for Oilseed and Barley commodity committees and an update from Peterson Seeds.  Join us on Tuesday, February 26th starting at 10am at the Angry Beaver back meeting room in Oakes, ND.

With the new weeds added to the noxious weed list, it is that time of the year for the private pesticide applicator trainings.

Dickey County private applicator trainings are going to be held:

  • February 28th: Grace Lutheran Church, Oakes, Initial and Recertification training; Registration 12:30 pm-Training-1:00pm

 

  • March 7th: Fireside Family Restaurant, Ellendale, Initial and Recertification training; Registration 12:30 pm-Training-1:00pm

 

  • March 28th: Grace Lutheran Church, Oakes, Initial and Recertification training; Registration 12:30 pm-Training-1:00pm

 

 

 

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