June Is Noxious Weed Awareness Month

June Is Noxious Weed Awareness Month

Photo of a plumeless thistle Photo of phragmites plants along a riverbank. Photo of purple loosestrife Photo of Canadian Thistle.
Plumeless Thistle Phragmites Purple Loosestrife Canadian Thistle
Photo of a saltcedar plant
Saltcedar
Photo of a musk thistle plant.
Musk Thistle
Photo of spotted knapweed.
Spotted Knapweed

June 20, 2008

Governor Dave Heineman recently declared June as Noxious Weed Awareness Month. The proclamation recognizes the potential that noxious weeds have to reduce Nebraska's crop yields.

"As producers, we must protect our crops and natural resources from non-native plants that have no value," said Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Greg Ibach.

Noxious weeds compete with pastures and crops, reducing yields. The weeds also can be poisonous or injurious to humans, livestock and wildlife.

Nine weeds are currently designated as noxious in Nebraska, including: musk thistle, Canada thistle, plumeless thistle, spotted knapweed, diffuse knapweed, leafy spurge, purple loosestrife, saltcedar, and phragmites. Ibach added phragmites to the noxious weed list under a temporary designation in April.

NDA encourages Nebraskans to report any noxious weed infestations to their county weed control authority. County weed superintendents are available to help identify noxious weeds and to assist with proper control recommendations.

Effective noxious weed control is the responsibility of each person who owns or controls land. If infestations go uncontrolled, legal action is set in motion by the county weed control authority.

Resources

For more information on Nebraska's noxious weed program, contact your local county weed control superintendent or Mitch Coffin with NDA's Bureau of Plant Industry at (402) 471-2394.

In cooperation with and with funding from NDA, UNL Extension has published a series of Extension Circulars on biology and control of the state's noxious weeds. The following publications are available on the Web or from your local Extension offices: