When you think of weeds in a rural setting, you may think of swaying wildflowers in the breeze.
Bursts of color in ditches that get a second glance. Weeds, in truth, are pervasive and victimize crops and grasslands. In GriggsDakota and all over the country, weeds are an ever increasing problem.
In 1974 the federal government began to keep lists of noxious weeds in every state. There are programs and plans, supported by research and science, to help control the noxious weeds in this country. Click Here to learn more about weeds in GreaterDakota.
If uncontrolled, weeds would take over all of our cropland and it would be economically impossible to farm. Notice the golden hue of the canola field on the upper left above. You see weeds that have been treated with herbicide and are dying.
Left untreated thistles would choke out the barley and there would be no more beer. The thistles are no longer taking up water and nutrients meant for the barley. The malting barley will be rescued from the threat of weeds.
In the canola field the weeds are dying and the canola looks healthier every day.
It is amazing to see how the herbicide is formulated to attack the specific genetic codes of the weeds. The wild buckwheat at the toe of Farmer Fred's boot is turning brown between the rows of healthy canola.
The herbicide gets to the weeds, no matter how similar the leaves appear to my untrained eye. Above: The sick leaves are wild mustard, the healthy leaves are our canola crop.
The careful application of herbicide will give the canola a chance to get ahead of the weeds. Once the ground is well shaded by the crop, new weed seedlings will not flourish in the field and our crop can grow, bloom and form seed pods which will eventually become canola oil.