Purple loosestrife information meetings <br />set for Yankton, Union, and Clay counties

The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service will host three meetings in April to discuss purple loosestrife.

The meetings will take place at 7 p.m. They include these dates and locations:
• April 22, Yankton County Extension office, Yankton. 605-665-3387.
• April 27, Union County Courthouse community room, Elk Point. 605-356-2321.
• April 29, Clay County 4-H Center, Vermillion. 605-677-7149.

The Weed and Pest Boards of Yankton, Union, and Clay counties, along with and Extension staff from those counties, will host these discussions on purple loosestrife, an invasive, noxious weed. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture identified purple loosestrife as a noxious weed. Noxious weeds are typically perennial plants that spread rapidly and are very difficult to control.

These weeds are capable of reducing the value of land, and they can seriously impact the native plant community by altering or affecting agriculture, recreation, and wildlife.

Purple loosestrife has invaded the banks and backwaters of the Missouri River. In an effort to control the weed, the South Dakota Weed and Pest Commission has awarded grant funding to Yankton, Union, and Clay counties. The Weed and Pest supervisors of the three counties bordering the Missouri River have begun aggressive plans to control the spread of purple loosestrife.

Meetings have been planned to inform the landowners with property bordering the river and the general public of present control options and methods to treat the growing problem. The meetings are also held to discuss the control measures the Weed and Pest supervisors can offer to provide the help landowners will need to fight the weed problem.

South Dakota laws requires every landowner to control noxious weeds on their property.

Representatives of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, the South Cooperative Extension Service, and Weed and Pest boards of counties will present a program to instruct landowners on the identification and control of purple loosestrife. The speakers will discuss integrated pest management techniques including bio-controls that can prevent further infestation.

Call your county Extension office, or the contact numbers list above, to get more information.

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