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.
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 .
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
A growing problem that is costing farmers more money each year is herbicide resistant weeds. The primary driver for resistant weeds comes from the repeated use of the same herbicide with the same mode of action year after year.
The state Weed and Pest Control Commission decided Thursday to hold a public hearing on whether absinthe wormwood should be added to the list of banned noxious weeds in South Dakota.
Seven species are already on the list: Canada thistle, hoary cress, leafy spurge, perennial sow thistle, purple loosestrife, Russian knapweed and salt cedar.
The Lincoln County commissioners will consider the next step in controlling yellow flag iris at Monday’s meeting.
The board will discuss a petition by the Lincoln County Weed Control Authority to designate yellow flag iris under the Noxious Weed Control Act to begin control efforts. With commissioners’ approval, the petition will be sent to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture director.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — University of Minnesota researchers have reported limited success from an experiment to control an invasive weed in Lake Koronis near Paynesville.
DOSWELL, Va. — J.B. Daniels, forage and grassland agronomist from Farmville, talked about maximizing forage at the recent Eastern Virginia Forage and Grazing Conference.
The conference, sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension and Virginia Tech, focused on the development of native forages to increase productivity.
Spring is in the air, but there’s a downside for Lake Havasu City residents. As warmer weather approaches, household pests and inhospitable plants are expected to return as well.
Most Havasu locals know better than to touch the purple flowering plants that become abundant around February and March. The plants, commonly known as scorpion weed, are covered in tiny “hairs,” each of which can transmit an oil that causes rashes and itching comparable to poison ivy or poison oak.
When I think about spring, I always think about planting. It is fun, stress relieving, and rewarding for me to get my hands dirty and plant some new plants or change what I have in my garden. One thing to always remember when planting a garden or cleaning up an existing one is the mulch.
Mulch is a great benefit to our plants. Mulch can help work as insulation for our plants through the winter months, protect them from lawnmower blight, hold moisture near the plants, and reduce weed competition.
DENVER (AP) — Weeds, feral cats, insects and other pests are invading the U.S. West, and state governors released a list of the worst offenders Thursday in hopes of helping people recognize and eradicate the invaders before they spread.
Kentucky road crews starting fight against weeds
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — It's a sign of spring in Kentucky — crews are being mobilized across the state to control the spread of weeds along state highways.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says crews will begin treating for noxious and nuisance weeds this month to control their spread along state highway rights of way. The cabinet says it targets Johnson grass, giant foxtail, Canada thistle, kudzu and other weeds.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge on Monday waded into the arcane science behind claims that the widely used weed killer Roundup can cause cancer. The expected weeklong testimony is intended to help him determine whether a jury should hear from doctors who link the product to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
DeKalb weed ordinance draft to get an additional revision before council consideration
DeKALB – An ordinance to loosen the restrictions on native plants still requires some tweaking before it is submitted to the DeKalb City Council for approval.
This winter while at pesticide trainings I have been sharing information on identifying and managing Palmer amaranth. Palmer amaranth is related to waterhemp and pigweed but is much more aggressive in its growth and has been causing lots of challenges to farmers south and east of here.
I recently ran across some information that Jenny Rees, extension educator in York County, put together that I think is worth sharing regarding research conducted in the Southeastern U.S.
Noxious weed or fine apparel? Idaho educator says ‘both’
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Some University of Idaho educators hope their new line of scarves will become an invasive trend, just like the noxious weeds they feature.
The scarves are emblazoned with botanical prints based on plants like white oxeye daisy, purple spotted knapweed and yellow toadflax.