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This website is intended to serve as a quick reference for Weed Control officers, Weed Board members and employees. It is also designed as a self study course for individuals who are newly elected or hired.  For more information describing the syllabus and leaning goals of the course please go to the Self Study Course section.

Note: It is not the authors intention to duplicate the excellent material which is available at many other sites. There are many links embeded in the text throughout this site. These links will take you to other sections of this site or to information on other sites including the North Dakota Weed Control Association, The North Dakota Department of Ag and the North Dakota State University Extension Service. If you follow a link to one of these sites please use the "back" button of your browser to return to this site.

"What is a weed?" narration in Windows format . (If you don't see a control panel, you may need to use an external player or click on this wav version to use the wav audio player on your computer)

Weeds are often defined as "Plants out of Place". A desirable plant in one location can be a troublesome weed in another location. Plants can be labeled as weeds for a variety of reasons including aesthetics, safety, economics and environmental factors.


    For additional information about this page contact course author Dan Folske, NDSU Extension Service/Burke County