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KHRT Agriculture News - 08/29/19

Palmer amaranth has been confirmed in Grant County in western North Dakota....

    BISMARCK, ND (NDDA) - Palmer amaranth has been confirmed in Grant County in western North Dakota. An area farmer contacted his county weed officer about suspect plants, who worked with North Dakota State University Extension to submit samples for DNA analysis to the National Agricultural Genotyping Center, where it was confirmed as Palmer amaranth.

    Palmer amaranth is native to the southwestern U.S. but was accidentally introduced to other areas and has devastated crops in the South and Midwest. 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.

    "I strongly encourage agricultural producers to monitor millet plantings for Palmer amaranth, as that may be the likely source of infestation," Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. "With harvest season in full swing, farmers are encouraged to scout fields and clean excess dirt and plant debris off equipment between fields to prevent unintentional spread."

    The public is urged to work with local weed officers, extension agents and other experts to identify and report suspect plants. Palmer amaranth may spread through multiple channels, including: contaminated seed mixes; equipment and machinery movement; animal feed and bedding; and wild birds.

    Palmer amaranth was confirmed last year in five counties. Those sites continue to be monitored for Palmer amaranth. More information on Palmer amaranth and other noxious and invasive weeds is available at

    To report a suspect plant, go to or contact your local county weed officer or North Dakota State University Extension agent.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Profits at the North Dakota Mill and Elevator were down more than 25% due to slack demand. The state-owned Grand Forks mill on Wednesday reported making $10.6 million during its last budget year, which ended in June. That's down from a $14.2 million profit last year. The mill has posted a profit each year since 2009.

    President and CEO Vance Taylor says last year's proceeds were the seventh-highest in history. But he says a "resurgence in low-carb diets" hurt the mill's bottom line. The mill sells most of its flour in bulk to bakery customers.

    Most of the mill's profits go into North Dakota's general fund, which finances a variety of state programs. The mill began operating in 1922 and is the largest wheat-grinding factory in the U.S.


    BISMARCK, ND (NDDA) - Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is reminding farmers that assistance is available for blackbird damage to crops through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Wildlife Services program.

    "Blackbirds cause millions of dollars in losses annually to sunflower and grain crops in North Dakota," Goehring said. "Wildlife Services provides integrated blackbird damage management by loaning nonlethal management equipment to farmers and assisting with blackbird dispersal from sunflower fields and roost sites."

    Wildlife Services provides federal leadership and expertise to resolve wildlife conflicts that threaten public health and safety; and agriculture, property and natural resources. Wildlife Services provides services to residents of North Dakota through a Cooperative Service Agreement with the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, North Dakota Game and Fish, and the State Water Commission.

    Goehring said those needing blackbird management may find the contact for their county at or by calling 701-355-3300.


   (Copyright 2019 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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