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Weed board sets herbicide sale date

By Sue Sitter - | Apr 24, 2021

Submitted Photo Palmer amaranth is an invasive weed species making its way from the southern U.S. into North Dakota.

The Pierce County Weed Board met in the county courthouse April 19 to review bids submitted for herbicides to be offered at reduced prices to county farmers in early June.

Board Chair Dave Migler reported receiving only one bid for chemicals, submitted by Heart of America Ag. The board approved the bid.

The board voted to sell the chemicals in Selz June 7 and in Rugby June 8 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. both days.

The weed board will sell three brands of herbicides, Tordon, Plateau and Method, along with Methylated Seed Oil, a surfactant to help the chemicals cling to the weeds.

The board voted to advertise the sale through area media outlets.

The board also heard from NDSU Pierce County Extension Agent Brendan Klebe, who shared information about using the chemicals and the types of weeds farmers might encounter during the summer growing season.

Klebe said the drier conditions expected for 2021 might make some species of weeds more of a problem.

Klebe also urged board members to be on the lookout for Palmer amaranth, an invasive weed species moving northward from the southern United States. Klebe reported agronomists have spotted the weed in Benson County.

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