Palmer amaranth has been confirmed in Emmons County in south central North Dakota.This is the second finding of the noxious weed in North Dakota this year. Last year, the weed was confirmed in five counties. Those sites continue to be monitored for Palmer amaranth. Read more.
Palmer amaranth has been found in Grant County in western North Dakota. According to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, the likely source of infestation was millet seed. Farmers are encouraged to scout fields during harvest and clean equipment between fields to prevent unintentional spreading. So far, Palmer amaranth has been confirmed in five North Dakota counties since 2018.
The noxious weed has also been found in Minnesota’s Lincoln County in a field that was planted to a cover crop contaminated with Palmer amaranth. The company that sold the contaminated seed self-reported the violation to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
New potential cases of Palmer amaranth are being investigated North Dakota. NDSU Extension Weed Scientist Joe Ikley looked at two different fields in the last two weeks, one in Benson County and the other in Nelson County. “I walked fields and found plants that looked like Palmer amaranth. Samples have been collected and sent to the lab to confirm if it’s Palmer,” says Ikley. “We want to confirm before we put an action plan in place because it’s a noxious weed.”
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