Palmer amaranth confirmed in ND's Emmons County
Pat Sweeney | Sep 11, 2019 AT 3:21 pm
The aggressive pigweed species Palmer amaranth has been confirmed in Emmons County in south central North Dakota.
It’s North Dakota’s second finding this year. Palmer amaranth was also found in Grant County in late August.
Last year, it was confirmed in five counties. Those sites continue to be monitored.
“I strongly encourage agricultural producers to monitor millet plantings for Palmer amaranth, as that may again 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.”
Officials say the weed can devastate corn and soybean crops.