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WEEDS

"Fielding Questions" columnist Don Kinzler also answers questions about spraying newly seeded grass and dealing with quackgrass in raspberries.
"Growing Together" columnist Don Kinzler says different strategies are required to deal with the weeds.
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.
We have a growing problem with herbicide-resistant weeds.

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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.
Focus will be on pest and weed management and nitrate reduction practices.
Farmers in the southern Red River Valley who experienced drought conditions a month ago, along with 50 mph winds, now have gotten a shot of rain. Soils that moved also moved weed seed, which can contaminate neighboring fields with tough-to-control waterhemp. A return to hot, dry conditions makes those weeds even harder to control.
Tom Peters estimates he received 200 to 300 weed samples for identification this growing season, 10 to 20 times more than normal. That's a good thing, a sure sign that North Dakota agriculturalists are working to control the spread of Palmer amar...
Palmer amaranth--voted the most troublesome weed in the United States by the Weed Science Society of America--has made its way to North Dakota. The weed, also known as Palmer pigweed, recently was discovered in McIntosh County, the first official...
Q: What is this growing in my planter of dahlias? -- Edye Nye, North Ferrisburgh, Vt. A: What an interesting plant and flower. It's Nicandra physalodes, known simply as Nicandra or apple-of-Peru. It's considered a weedy member of the nightshade f...

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Classic humor bears repeating. How can you tell if a newly emerging, unidentified plant in your flower garden is a weed or your new high-priced perennial? Simply give it a tug. If it pulls out easily, it was the high-priced perennial. If it won't...
Q: Here's a photo of plants I've found in two different flower beds around our yard. They're pretty, but look weed-like also. Are they a friend or foe? -- Kathy Greener, Fargo.
Q: Our 10-year-old birch tree has a smaller trunk coming out of the main clump. When would be the best time to remove it, and should it be sealed after the cut? -- Paul Thulen, Breckenridge, Minn.

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