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closeup of Palmer amaranth leaves
WEED PATROL: Be on the lookout for Palmer amaranth in your fields this fall.

6 steps to take if you find Palmer amaranth

Your first step should be to contact your county Extension agent or weed officer.

With the confirmation of Palmer amaranth in seven different counties in North Dakota over the last two years the state agriculture department recommends that landowners scout fields.

If you find a plant that you think is Palmer amaranth,take these six steps:

1. Contact your county Extension agent or county weed officer.

2. Mark or flag the location and leave the plant in place to not spread seed. The weed will also easier be easier identify if it hasn’t been pulled.

3. Work with the county weed officers and extension agent to gather photos and information to send to NDSU weed specialists for confirmation or ruling out Palmar amaranth.

4. Develop an action plan with a NDSU specialist if Palmer amaranth is confirmed.

5. Hand pull, bag on site and destroy confirmed Palmer amaranth plants.

6. Burn or deeply bury confirmed Palmer amaranth plants to prevent movement of seed.

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