Noxious weeds come in beautiful packages and every beautiful package opens into a lovely flower. The bloom matures to produce thousands of seeds. The seeds are carried by birds and wind and eventually fall to the ground where they lie dormant until conditions are right for the seed to sprout. Each plant carries the potential to produce thousands of new thistle plants. Therein lies the problem. We need to eradicate the beautiful flower before it produces its seed.
This time of year, weeds brighten up the roadside and the CRP. There are three kinds of Thistles and always Dandelions present.
We find Milkweed and our old nemesis, Leafy Spurge.
With acres of CRP and miles of ditches to mow, it is a big job when we begin to attack the problem.
Wyatt has been learning the ropes in GriggsDakota this Summer.
The roadside must be mowed by July 15 while the CRP waits to be sure that the birds have finished nesting.
Eeyore, of Winnie the Pooh fame, loves to eat thistles.
According to the map in the Winnie the Pooh book by A.A.Milne, Eeyore's home in the 'Hundred Acres Wood' was "Rather Boggy and Sad."
The boggy part would certainly be true of this CRP meadow. We have had ample rain to make this area boggy.
But sad? I think not. This bee seems drunk with happiness. Acres of thistles to enjoy and no Eeyore in sight.
The bumble bees can enjoy the thistles for a bit longer.
While the weedy roadsides and fence lines get whacked in GriggsDakota.