Noxious Weed Control Remains Important in Granite County
In 2018, the Granite County MSU Extension office partnered with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Granite County Conservation District to host the 11th Annual Noxious Weed Clinic. Controlling noxious weeds is a high priority for landowners and managers in Granite County. People attending learned how to identify noxious weeds of concern to the area, poisonous plants that had been popping up recently, sprayer calibration, and weed control after fires. Over 40 attendees also received pesticide Private Applicator Credits, which allow them to stay up-to-date on their Private Applicator License certifications. Evaluations showed that participants benefited from visual aids and tools for noxious weed identification and quick and easy sprayer calibration. In addition to educational programs, Granite County MSU Extension worked with over 15 landowners to establish three cooperative weed management areas through the Noxious Weed Control Trust Fund. This brought $32,000 dollars in matching funds to the county to help private landowners combat noxious weeds like spotted knapweed and houndstongue.
Image credit:Granite County knapweed infestation. Photo courtesy of Granite County MSU Extension