Palmer amaranth has been confirmed in Emmons County in south-central North Dakota. A crop scout brought a suspect sample to the local North Dakota State University Extension office, which submitted samples for DNA analysis to the National Agricultural Genotyping Center where it was confirmed as Palmer amaranth.
This is the second finding this year. Palmer amaranth was found in Grant County in late August.
“I strongly encourage agricultural producers to monitor millet plantings for Palmer amaranth, as that may again be the likely source of infestation,” says Doug Goehring, North Dakota agriculture commissioner. “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.”
Palmer amaranth was confirmed last year in five North Dakota counties — Benson, Foster, McIntosh, Dickey and Richland. Those sites continue to be monitored for Palmer amaranth. This latest finding brings the total number of counties to seven.
More information on Palmer amaranth and other noxious and invasive weeds is available online.
NDDA’s Palmer amaranth website will be updated if additional counties are affected. Producers are encouraged to contact their local county weed officer or North Dakota State University Extension agent to report suspect plants.Source: NDDA, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.