Destructive weed found in seventh North Dakota county
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The presence of a weed that researchers say can drastically reduce crop yields has been confirmed in a seventh North Dakota county, according to a state agency.
Dicamba complaints continue despite federal, state efforts
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — For the third straight year, a volatile pesticide is damaging crops across the Midwest and South, despite federal and state efforts to lessen the drift.
Invasive weed confirmed in North Dakota’s Grant County
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Agriculture officials say an invasive weed has been confirmed in Grant County in western North Dakota.
The North Dakota Department of Agriculture said Thursday that a...
Wags and weeds: Invasive plants meet match in detection dogs
TUXEDO, N.Y. (AP) — In brushy terrain where a botanical interloper evades detection by the human eye, count on Dia to sniff it out.
Dia is a spunky Labrador retriever trained to track down a...
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Plans to treat Eurasian milfoil at Vancouver Lake have been delayed because the invasive weed has stopped growing and would no longer effectively absorb an...
Gardeners, let’s praise the hoe
Hopefully, I've caught you in time, before your weeds have grown lusty. I want you to consider the much maligned hoe.
Wait! Don't stop reading. I know hoeing is the activity that (perhaps...
Volunteers raise vegetables for North Dakota food pantry
VELVA, N.D. (AP) — "It's a wonderful, wonderful blessing for the food pantry."
That was the response from Sharyl Roth, of Minot, when asked about a unique gardening project north of here....
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials say statewide efforts to control a giant invasive plant with toxic sap are making headway.
The Department of Environmental Conservation's Giant Hogweed...
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina is projecting a 1,200% increase in hemp farming acreage, as the state looks to join in on the booming market with others in the region.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's capital city is going to be using goats again as a way to control poison ivy and other unwanted plants without herbicides.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University is working with a private citizen and a university in Puerto Rico to control an invasive South American weed that can quickly form dense mats...
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It won't take effect in time for this summer's boating season, but a bill aimed at preventing the spread of invasive aquatic weeds in New Hampshire lakes is headed to the...
EPA reaffirms glyphosate safe for users as court cases grow
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency reaffirmed Tuesday that a popular weed killer is safe for people, as legal claims mount from Americans who blame the herbicide for their...
Last year it was dicamba, this year it’s 2,4-D
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A volatile weed killer linked to cancer and endocrine issues will likely be sprayed on millions more acres of soybeans and cotton across the Midwest and South starting this...
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Officials at one Mississippi lake are trying to burn out an invader.
WAPT-TV reports workers at the Ross Barnett Reservoir near Jackson are using flamethrowers to...
PELAHATCHIE, Miss. (AP) — An invasive weed clogging a Mississippi waterway has almost been eradicated.
The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District said it eliminated 90 percent of Giant...
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews are getting a jump on nuisance weeds that grow along the state's highways.
North Dakota adds 2 weeds to noxious list
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota has added two weeds to the state's list of noxious weeds.
The North Dakota Department of Agriculture announced the addition of Palmer amaranth and houndstongue on Tuesday.
Palmer amaranth is similar in appearance to waterhemp and was first found in North Dakota last year. The aggressive pigweed species has now been found in five counties .
Rescuers use heavy-duty vehicle to plow down invasive weeds
SYRACUSE, Utah (AP) — Authorities say three stranded duck hunters stuck were rescued by a heavy-duty all-terrain vehicle plowing through invasive reeds on Christmas Eve.
The Davis County Sheriff's Office tells KSL-TV they used the vehicle donated by the locally filmed Discovery Channel show "Diesel Brothers" to plow through 13-foot-high weeds so they could reach the hunters stuck in the mud.
Minnesota keeps June 20 cutoff for using weed killer dicamba
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is maintaining its June 20 cutoff date for farmers to use the herbicide dicamba, which has been blamed for drifting and damaging neighboring soybean fields.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture imposed the cutoff for 2018 after getting 253 reports of alleged dicamba drift in 2017, including 55 formal complaints requesting investigations. Some 265,000 acres were affected.
Dumped pets create big problems for Knoxville lake
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Workers in Knoxville have removed three truckloads of invasive weeds from a local lake, including aquarium grasses that officials believe were dumped there by residents.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the city has spent nearly $760,000 cleaning up the one-acre lake in Fountain City Park.
For ‘weedless gardening’ next spring, begin now
I take a four-pronged approach to keeping my vegetable and flower gardens free of weed problems, and suggest you try it.
First, keep dormant weed seeds asleep by not tilling or otherwise churning the soil. (All soils contain many weed seeds that lie dormant until they are exposed to light, which happens when soils are tilled.)
Second, avoid soil compaction by using beds and paths, or stepping stones, to make permanent areas for planting and for walking.
Arkansas committee calls for regulated dicamba use in 2019
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas Plant Board committee recommended that the state allow farmers to use the herbicide dicamba next year, but extend protections to prevent the weed killer from drifting and damaging crops.
Missouri farmer charged with illegally using weed killer
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A southeast Missouri farmer has been indicted on federal charges of illegally applying a weed killer blamed for drifting and damaging crops in neighboring fields.
Super weed Palmer amaranth now in 5 North Dakota counties
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A super weed that can devastate corn and soybean crops has now been found in five North Dakota counties, but a university expert says there is still hope for preventing a widespread infestation of Palmer amaranth in the state.
The aggressive pigweed species can grow as tall as 7 feet and produce hundreds of thousands of seeds. It's strong enough to stop combines and resist many herbicides.
California judge mulls new trial in $289M Roundup award
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco judge said Wednesday she is considering tossing out the lion's share of the $289 million judgment against agribusiness giant Monsanto and ordering a new trial over whether the company's weed-killer caused a groundskeeper's cancer.
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Lancaster County ramps up weed control efforts
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lancaster County weed control officials are ramping up efforts to fight Nebraska's most noxious weed.
Pheasant hunters asked to report Palmer amaranth weeds
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Game and Fish Department is asking pheasant hunters to keep an eye out for an aggressive pigweed species that has made its way into the state.
Palmer amaranth was positively identified in the state for the first time earlier this summer, in McIntosh County. Suspected plants in other eastern North Dakota counties are going through DNA analysis.
Monsanto asks judge to throw out $289M award in cancer suit
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Agribusiness company Monsanto has asked a San Francisco judge to throw out a jury's $289 million award to a former school groundskeeper who said the company's Roundup weed killer left him dying of cancer.
DeWayne Johnson failed to prove that Roundup or similar herbicides caused his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and presented no evidence that Monsanto executives were malicious in marketing Roundup, attorneys for Monsanto said in court documents filed late Tuesday.
South Dakota rancher wins fight over prairie dog mitigation
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota rancher won a battle with a local weed and pest board that wanted to use poison gas to reduce the prairie dog population on her property.
The Fall River County Weed and Pest Board told Susan Henderson in a letter last month that it would cease remedial efforts, The Rapid City Journal reported .
More suspected Palmer amaranth plants found in North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — More plants that are suspected to be the aggressive pigweed species Palmer amaranth have been found in McIntosh County.
State park uses goats to attack invasive weeds
THURMOND, W.Va. (AP) — After unsuccessful attempts with chemical and mechanical weed treatments at New River Gorge, the National Park Service has decided to try its luck with an all-natural solution: goats.
Environmentalists question safety of weed-killing program
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — It is easy to see that the state Department of Transportation has finished up its annual half-million-dollar weed-spraying program for the summer.
You can tell by 3-foot-wide swaths of dried, brown vegetation along 5,000 miles of guardrails, sound barriers and center medians on Connecticut highways and secondary roads.
Review: Iron & Wine retains intimacy on 6-song ‘Weed Garden’
Iron & Wine, "Weed Garden" (Sub Pop)
For fans of Iron & Wine, it's Christmas in August. "Weed Garden" is a six-track EP including songs written by Sam Beam mostly while working toward his last full album, "Beast Epic," and they sound very much like it.
Aggressive weed found in North Dakota for the first time
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A weed that's strong enough to stop combines and resist many herbicides has been found in North Dakota for the first time, the state Agriculture Department said Tuesday .
A farmer recently found Palmer amaranth growing in a soybean field in McIntosh County, in the state's southeast. The finding was confirmed through DNA analysis.
Suburban Chicago lake’s fish kill sparked by weed control
LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago official says hundreds of fish died in the community's lake when oxygen levels plummeted after an herbicide was applied to combat aquatic plants.
About 400 fish, including largemouth bass, died last week in Libertyville's Butler Lake soon after a company applied a chemical that's designed to control invasive weeds, including the lake's excessive growth of water lilies.
Hard winter killed salvinia but also killed salvinia weevils
STEPHENSVILLE, La. (AP) — A researcher says the hard winter apparently killed much of an invasive weed that clogs waterways around Louisiana — but it also killed many of the weevils raised to fight it.
Invasive weed from Asian confirmed in south-central Iowa
KNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Officials have confirmed that an invasive Asian weed has reached south-central Iowa.
Persicaria perfoliata, or mile-a-minute weed, was known to be in the mid-Atlantic states, Indiana and in Oregon. Experts say the plant can grow 6 inches (15 centimeters) a day and quickly smother native vegetation.
Iowa State Extension says the weed is suspected to have become permanently established following introduction to a Pennsylvania plant nursery in the 1930s or 1940s.
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A recent inspection of a small stream and stretch of river in Twin Falls found several noxious weeds and invasive species.
Invasive weed found in Idaho’s Lake Coeur d’Alene
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — State officials say they've found an invasive, noxious weed in Lake Coeur d'Alene in northern Idaho.
The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the Idaho State Department of Agriculture confirmed through testing that fragments of the curly leaf pondweed have been found at the Third Street Boat Launch and also suspected near Independence Point and Sanders Beach.
Lawsuits alleging Roundup caused cancer can move forward
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of lawsuits alleging Roundup weed killer caused cancer cleared a big hurdle Tuesday when a U.S. judge ruled that cancer victims and their families could present expert testimony linking the herbicide to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
First trial over Roundup weed killer cancer claim under way
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lawyers for a school groundskeeper dying of cancer asked a San Francisco jury on Monday to find that agribusiness giant Monsanto's widely used weed killer Roundup likely caused his disease.
Dewayne Johnson's lawsuit is the first case to go to trial among hundreds of lawsuits saying Roundup caused non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
MEREDITH, N.H. (AP) — Divers will be removing an invasive weed from Lake Winnisquam by hand this summer in the first comprehensive attempt to manage the milfoil in the central New Hampshire lake.
New Hampshire Public Radio reports that the newly created Winnisquam Watershed Network received $46,000 in state and local funding for the project in the state's fourth largest lake.
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is stepping up efforts to eradicate a giant invasive plant that emits a toxic sap that can cause painful, burning blisters on human skin.
BERRYVILLE, Va. (AP) — Giant hogweed, an invasive plant that can produce severe burns and blisters, has been spotted for the first time in Virginia.
Mark Sutphin, an agent with Virginia Cooperative Extension, said Monday the weed's presence was confirmed in Berryville several days ago. He said a previous property owner planted it as an ornamental.
ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — Officials at Detroit Metropolitan Airport are working to wipe out a poisonous weed known as leafy spurge that turned up on airport property.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A judge has given a South Dakota woman who opposes using poison to control a prairie dog infestation on her ranch three months to shoot or drown 80 percent of the rodents, which number in the thousands.
BEND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is planning to cut down hundreds of ponderosa pines that were killed by an herbicide applied along a highway in central Oregon.
The federal agency is taking public comment on a plan to remove the trees along a 12-mile (19-kilometer) stretch of U.S. Highway 20 near the city of Sisters, The Bulletin reported Thursday.