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May is Noxious Weed Control Awareness Month




For Immediate Release: May 8, 2017
Media Contact: Jody Heemstra, 605.773.4073



***NOTE: This release contains links to AUDIO***


May is Noxious Weed Control Awareness Month


PIERRE, S.D. -- Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared May as South Dakota “Noxious Weed Control Awareness Month.” The designation highlights the importance of managing noxious weeds, which negatively affect agriculture, water quality, recreational opportunities and wildlife.


Noxious weeds cost landowners over $80 million annually in lost productivity of range and cropland. Noxious weeds have infested nearly two and a half million acres in South Dakota. Federal agencies estimate that noxious weeds are spreading on federal public lands at a rate of 4600 acres per day.


“To protect the state’s lands, the South Dakota Weed and Pest Control Commission formulates a weed and pest program for the prevention, suppression, control and eradication of weeds and pests in South Dakota,” said Ron Moehring, state weed and pest supervisor. “Noxious weeds threaten the integrity of all lands in South Dakota. The commission and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture work in close cooperation with all state agencies and SDSU Extension, to educate the public about noxious weeds.” (***Download Noxious1 audio here***)


There are seven weeds listed on South Dakota’s “Noxious Weed List.” They are: Canada thistle, Leafy spurge, Hoary cress, Perennial sow thistle, Purple loosestrife, Saltcedar and Russian knapweed.


“In addition to the seven state noxious weeds, each county may select no more than eight weeds or pests that can be declared locally noxious in their county, once approved by the commission,” said Moehring. “Examples of locally noxious weeds in South Dakota are Musk & Plumeless Thistle, Absinth Wormwood, Yellow Toadflax, Spotted Knapweed and Bull Thistle. (***Download Noxious2 audio here***)


Report any new noxious weed sightings to your county weed and pest supervisor or the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.


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