There’s a new threat growing on farms across the state this month and agriculture experts are warning it could devastate entire fields of crops this summer. Right now the weed, Palmer amaranth, is known to be in six Minnesota counties: Douglas, Jackson, Lyon, Redwood, Todd and Yellow Medicine. Ag experts say the weed robs crops of nutrients and moisture and so reduces yields. They say the key to stopping its spread is reporting it. Farmers can alert the state Dept. of Agriculture thru the ‘Arrest the Pest’ program. More info at: mda.state.mn.us.
Information on the discovery of Palmer amaranth in Douglas County can be found here.