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Morning Sun
  • Time To Control Noxious Weeds

  • Spring has arrived, and along with it the challenges of noxious weeds, specifically musk thistle. The Kansas Noxious Weed Law was first enacted in 1937 which, among other items, requires landowners, both public and private, to control and eradicate weeds on lands they own or manage.

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  • Spring has arrived, and along with it the challenges of noxious weeds, specifically musk thistle. The Kansas Noxious Weed Law was first enacted in 1937 which, among other items, requires landowners, both public and private, to control and eradicate weeds on lands they own or manage.
    Musk thistles have deeply lobed, hairless leaves that are dark green with a silver gray leaf margin. Musk thistles can be difficult to observe in the spring because they are in the rosette stage, a prone growing condition that they remain in until bolting occurs. Bolting occurs when the plant extends its flowering stalk upward. Once the flower stalk is extended, the plan is readily observed, especially when the pink to dark purple flower develops.
    For more information, please use the following link: http://www.ksda.gov/plant_protection/content/349/cid/587 . If you have any questions concerning noxious weeds, please contact Crawford County Noxious Weeds Director Ed Fields at 620-724-4079 or the Wildcat Extension District at (620) 724-8233.
     
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