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Palmer amaranth found and eliminated in Hettinger County

The National Agricultural Genotyping Center has confirmed that several plants found in Hettinger County, North Dakota, were Palmer amaranth.

Palmer amaranth (Photo courtesy University of Minnesota)
Palmer amaranth (Photo courtesy University of Minnesota)
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BISMARCK, N.D. — The National Agricultural Genotyping Center has confirmed that several plants found in Hettinger County, North Dakota, were Palmer amaranth.

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture believes the seeds came off the equipment of a custom harvest crew the previous year. A farmer reported the suspect, plants, which were removed and destroyed.

“The Hettinger County finding was quickly found and managed. To help stop the spread of Palmer amaranth, the public is urged to contact and work with their local weed officers and other experts to identify and report any suspect plants,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said in a statement. “Farmers using custom harvesters need to ask about their harvesting equipment cleaning procedures to prevent the spread of noxious and invasive weeds.”

Palmer amaranth has been labeled a "super weed" because it can grow to 8 feet tall, it can produce more than 1 million seeds per plant, it is resistant to most common herbicides, it germinates throughout the season and its seeds can be dormant and viable for years.

Information on noxious and invasive weeds is available at https://www.nd.gov/ndda/plant-industries/noxious-weeds . To report a suspect plant in North Dakota, go to https://www.nd.gov/ndda/pa or contact your local county weed officer.

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