Registration now open for the 2017 Iowa Weed Commissioners’ Association Winter Meeting and Conference

Join the Iowa Weed Commissioners’ Association at their 2017 Invasive Species Conference!  While the conference is tailored for County Weed Commissioners, all natural resource professionals are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Continuing Educational Units are available for Commercial Pesticide Applicators for Category 6 Right-of-Way and 1A Agricultural Weed.

A detailed Agenda, Registration information and Vendor Registration materials can be found on the Winter Meetings page

Registrations must be received by February 15th, 2017

Palmer Amaranth Now Identified in At Least Nine Iowa Counties

Palmer amaranth is an invasive weed that is native to the southwestern United States. Over the last three years, however, the weed has made its way into Iowa and has been identified in at least nine counties, most recently in Madison, Clayton, Washington, and Crawford counties.

Palmer amaranth is related to waterhemp, a common weed found across Iowa. In addition to traditional weedy traits, the characteristic that makes those two weeds unique, and hard to manage, is their ability to evolve resistance to herbicides.

Both Palmer amaranth and waterhemp are adapted to a production system that relies on herbicides. Waterhemp is a relatively non-competitive weed so many farmers have learned to accept lower levels of weed control. If Palmer amaranth spreads across the state and farmers try to manage it like they do waterhemp, it will have a huge negative economic impact.

Read the Full Story here;   ISU News Link for Palmer Amaranth!