Noxious weed policy announced for 2019

Dickinson County weed commissioner Aric Ping has released the 2019 noxious weed policy.

“Each owner and each person in the possession or control of any lands in Dickinson County shall cut, burn or otherwise control all noxious weeds thereon,” the policy states, “and in such manner shall prevent said weeds from blooming or coming to maturity, and shall keep said lands free from such growth.”

Each land owner must control all noxious weeds prior to the listed dates:

June 21: Leafy spurge, Russian knapweed, buckthorn, multiflora rose, quackgrass, musk thistle

July 19: Canada thistle, field bindweed, bull thistle, purple loosestrife, palmer amaranth, plumeless thistle

However, these are only guidelines. Weather conditions may cause weeds to mature ahead of normal and may require control measures prior to the listed dates.

“Each plant is different and so are the methods of control,” Ping said. “The state mandates that the listed noxious weeds be prevented from setting seed through cutting, burning or herbicide application. Different control methods work better for different plants. The Midwest Invasive Plant Network website has a number of control strategies for invasive plants.”

Home and land owners should check their green spaces to analyze if they have any noxious weeds. If anyone has trouble identifying any possible noxious weeds, Ping suggested utilizing sites such as the USDA plants website at plants.usda.gov and the Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States at www.invasiveplantatlas.org.

Any landowners that fail to comply with the noxious weed policy may be fined, but Ping is willing to help anyone to avoid these situations.

“Substantial failure to comply with an order for control from the weed commissioner can result in a $10 per day fine,” Ping said. “Also, if I must take action to control the infestation, any and all costs associated with that action will be added to the fine. This fine is added on to property taxes. This is a last resort situation. I’d much rather work with landowners on solutions to their weed problems.”

Ping is available to help landowners with plant identification, control strategies and to also take complaints about properties in violation of the noxious weed policy. He can be reached at 712-336-6269 or e-mail aping@co.dickinson.ia.us.

For more information on the noxious weed policy, contact Ping or click here to read the entire resolution.

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