The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has launched a new Palmer amaranth and waterhemp website that has management information and includes a short survey for these two problem pigweeds in Pennsylvania.
Palmer amaranth and Waterhemp are spreading across the state; in response, the PA Department of Agriculture has launched this website to help head off and manage these two problem weeds.
Most importantly, the website includes a survey tool for reporting infestations within Pennsylvania with the hope that we can better track previously confirmed and newly reported infestations.
The belief is that this survey tool will help better document how these invasive pigweeds are entering Pennsylvania and spreading across our landscape. It’s believed that these pigweeds will greatly impact Pennsylvania agriculture and it is critical for farmers and ag professional to adopt and promote best management practices.
The survey tool includes location name, municipality, county, and latitude/longitude. The tool includes a GPS locator that will automatically plot the location by typing in an address. Landowner or contact information should be included to allow future consultation. Additional input information includes farm or landscape setting, average number of plants per acre, year first observed, which pigweeds are being reported (Palmer amaranth, waterhemp, both), total acres infested, and any comments that might help better explain the situation.
For more information contact your local Penn State Extension Office and/or the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Invasive Species Reporting Line at 877-464-9333.