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Richard Zollinger, a long-time North Dakota State University Extension Service weed scientist, has been honored by the Western Society of Weed Science in their Fellows Awards. He was an innovator in the Wide World of Weeds annual conferences and was known for his study of dicamba herbicide drift issues.
In Benson County, North Dakota, where Palmer amaranth was first found in 2017, Scott Knocke, North Dakota State University agricultural extension agent, continues to teach farmers how to identify and control the weed.
After screening Ultra Blazer for use in sugarbeets , North Dakota State University Extension sugarbeet agronomist Thomas Peters turned over the project to graduate student Emma Burt, who studied and reported on the results of her project over Zoom meetings to sugarbeet cooperative representatives from across the United States for about a year.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection ag inspection specialists are on duty 24/7 to look for noxious weed seeds and insect pests coming from Canada to the U.S. by rail. The crossing at Portal, North Dakota, is the fifth busiest railyard in the country, when measured by number of containers. The crossing at International Falls, Minnesota, is the busiest.

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According to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, a producer noticed some suspect plants in a field while combining, and samples were submitted for DNA analysis to the National Agricultural Genotyping Center, where it was confirmed as Palmer amaranth.
Producers that have cattle that are returning back to the farm should follow a weed management plan.
North Dakota officials have told CHS Sunflower at Grandin, North Dakota, to stop shipping sunflower screenings for livestock producers in North Dakota after a Grant County rancher found his feed product had contaminated hundreds of acres with the hard-to-control Palmer amaranth weed seeds.
“Sunflower screenings merit particular attention, as contaminated sunflower screenings have been linked to infestations in six counties in North Dakota over the last 12 months. If purchasing sunflower screenings, be sure to ask the origin of the sunflowers,” the warning said.
University of Minnesota Extension researchers are seeing signs of herbicide resistance in southern Minnesota.
Weed officials believe they've found Palmer amaranth in Grant and Sioux counties, which would be the farthest west outbreak of the noxious weed in North Dakota.

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While visiting at Dakotafest, the South Dakota Association of County Weed and Pest Boards told us the drought has made weed control more difficult. But fall applications are important, and Brenda Sievers told us why.
Joe Ikley, NDSU Extension Service weed specialist, says it appears off-target crop damage from dicamba applications in 2021 is widespread. He said victims’ soybean crops have sometimes recover with timely August rains, but lose productive growth.
Bayer made the announcement in an update to investors on how it plans to deal with Roundup-related lawsuits that have dogged the company since it acquired the brand as part of its $63 billion purchase of Monsanto in 2018.

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