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Field days slated to collect spurge-eating insects

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said people interested in acquiring the flea beetles to release on their own property can collect them from established populations at the field day sites.

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Leafy spurge is the most recognized noxious weed in North Dakota. NDSU photo

BISMARCK, N.D. — Field days have been scheduled at multiple North Dakota sites to collect and redistribute flea beetles that eat leafy spurge.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said people interested in acquiring the flea beetles to release on their own property can collect them from established populations at the field day sites.

“Leafy spurge continues to be one of North Dakota’s most difficult-to-control noxious weeds,” Goehring said. “Using the flea beetles for biological control, as part of an integrated pest management plan, has proven to be an effective tool in combatting leafy spurge infestations.”

The field days are scheduled as follows:

  • June 22, 10 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time, at Heart Butte Scout Reservation on Lake Tschida in Grant County.
  • June 24, 10 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time, at Franks Creek Road north of Fryberg in Billings County.
  • June 29, 10 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time, at Franks Creek Road north of Fryberg in Billings County.
  • July 1, 10 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time, Wannagan Creek Road north of Medora in Billings County.

Other counties are planning field days but complete details have not yet been finalized.
All attendees are asked to help collect and all beetles collected will be distributed evenly.

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Attendees should bring a cooler with ice packs to transport the flea beetles and are asked to bring sweep nets if they have them.

More information and specific directions to field day sites are available by contacting the applicable local weed control officer:

  • For Billings County, contact Katie Dillman at 701-218-0113.
  • For Grant County, contact Merlin Leithold at 701-220-7908.

The field days are co-hosted by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the weed boards of the respective counties.

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