Palmer amaranth popped up in five North Dakota counties in 2018. Farmers are learning more about the weed during the meeting season. Tom Peters, an agronomist with the University of Minnesota and NDSU Extension, says Palmer amaranth is being considered for North Dakota’s noxious weed list. “The idea of adding an annual weed to the noxious weed list is unique and most invasive weeds are usually in pasture and range. Now, we’re talking about row crops,” he explains. “It’s going to involve enforcement in a different way, involving different people. I think all of those are contributing to a difficult conversation. Ultimately, I think it’s the right move for North Dakota to add it to the list.” North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring tells the Red River Farm Network he’s working on a few details with the seed commissioner before moving forward with adding Palmer to the list.
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