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KHRT Agriculture News - 01/08/19

Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) and houndstongue (Cynoglossum officinale L.) have been added to the state noxious weed list....

    BISMARCK, ND - Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) and houndstongue (Cynoglossum officinale L.) have been added to the state noxious weed list.

    Palmer amaranth is an aggressive pigweed species similar in appearance to waterhemp and was first found in the state last year. It has now been found in five counties.

    Houndstongue, which does not spread aggressively like Palmer amaranth, has been found in North Dakota since at least 1911 but infestations have tripled since 2008. It is now found in at least 25 counties.

    "Noxious weeds cause millions of dollars in damage to North Dakota crops and forage, and many additional dollars are spent in both public and private efforts to control these weeds," Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. "In addition to their agronomic impact, noxious weeds adversely affect rural and urban landscapes, tax revenues, recreational opportunities and wildlife habitat."

    Palmer amaranth may spread through multiple channels, including: contaminated seed mixes; equipment and machinery movement; animal feed and bedding; and wild birds. It is a prolific seed producer that can emerge throughout the growing season. It grows rapidly at 2-3 inches per day in optimum conditions and is prone to herbicide resistance and multiple modes of action. It is a highly invasive weed that can dramatically cut crop yields. Farmers and ranchers are encouraged to scout fields and pastures frequently to monitor.

    Houndstongue is spread when its burr-like seeds are picked up by animals or people moving through infested areas. The infestations are most often found near wooded and riparian areas, making it difficult to control. Houndstongue is toxic to livestock if ingested.

    The public is urged to work with local weed officers, extension agents and other experts to identify and report suspect plants.

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    BISMARCK, ND - Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has named David Hirsch as the recipient of the 2019 Weed Control Partner Award. Hirsch has been employed with the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS), Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) program for 33 years. He is currently serving as the state plant health director for PPQ programs in both North and South Dakota.

    "David has worked tirelessly on issues ranging from crop diseases to agriculture exports," Goehring said. "He has been a trusted resource that we have worked with for many years and I thank him for his steadfast efforts."

    Goehring said Hirsch's projects have included crop diseases, rangeland grasshopper management, agriculture exports, and surveying ag and environmental pests. He has worked on emergency programs for karnal bunt of wheat, potato cyst nematodes, citrus pests and emerald ash borer.

    Hirsch has also worked on biocontrol of weeds including: leafy spurge, purple loosestrife, field bindweed, Canada thistle, salt cedar and spotted knapweed.

    Goehring recently presented the award to Hirsch during the 2019 Commissioner's Noxious Weed Forum in Bismarck.

    Hirsch has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from NDSU in botany and range management. He is planning to retire this spring and enjoy more time traveling and with family.

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    MINOT, ND - Producers will have an opportunity to learn more about growing corn for silage and feeding corn silage to cattle during a program North Dakota State University Extension is hosting January 30th at NDSU's North Central Research Extension Center (NCREC) near Minot.

    "As corn production has expanded in the state, so has corn silage for cattle feed," says John Dhuyvetter, Extension livestock systems specialist at the center. "With larger operations with bigger herds, declining hay production and improved corn yields, silage is a growing trend."

    The two-hour program will start at 10:30 a.m. Presenters will cover several key aspects of silage, including growing a good corn crop, harvesting and storing corn silage, feeding silage to cattle and the economics of corn silage production.

    "This information will be helpful for new producers or those interested in adding silage to their feeding program," says Paige Brummund, an NDSU Extension agent in Ward County.

    Presenters will include Joel Ransom, Extension agronomist; Karl Hoppe, Extension livestock systems specialist at NDSU's Carrington Research Extension Center; Dhuyvetter; Brummund; and Lynsey Aberle, Farm Business Management instructor at the NCREC.

    The meeting is free of charge. For more information, contact Brummund at 701-857-6444 or paige.f.brummundndsu.edu, or Dhuyvetter at 701-857-7682 or john.dhuyvetterndsu.edu.

 

 


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