The North Dakota Department of Agriculture has identified the first case of Palmer amaranth in the state. The suspected plants were found in a soybean field near Kulm, ND and confirmed through DNA analysis. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring believes the plants “may have been introduced by wildlife.” Moving forward, the field where Palmer amaranth was identified will be monitored for three years. “We’ll be looking at which ways water moves off the field and also see if any other suspect plants pop up,” says Goehring. “Knowing that wildlife, equipment, etc. may be a vector, everybody needs to be diligent about scouting fields for Palmer amaranth.” Farmers and ranchers are encouraged to work with local weed officers, Extension agents and other experts to identify and report suspect plants.
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