BISMARCK – Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) has been confirmed just inside Traill County. The finding consisted of two plants on the side of the road that were very close to an existing infestation just over the county line in Cass County. A sample was taken; however, verification of the exact location by a local weed control officer was unable to be completed. The sample was submitted for DNA analysis to the National Agricultural Genotyping Center, where it was confirmed as Palmer amaranth.
“While the Traill County finding has already been quickly managed, the public is urged to contact and work with their local weed officers and other experts to identify and report any suspect plants,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. “Palmer amaranth may spread through multiple channels, including contaminated seed mixes; equipment and machinery; animal feed, bedding and manure; and wildlife.”
Information on noxious and invasive weeds is available at https://www.nd.gov/ndda/plant-industries/noxious-weeds.
To report a suspect plant, go to https://www.nd.gov/ndda/pa or contact your local county weed officer.