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MN A Model for Fighting Invasive Weeds

Minnesota can be a model for other states in the fight against invasive weeds.

That's the message of newly published articles highlighting the successful work against Palmer amaranth in Minnesota.  The article 'timeline of Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) invasion and eradication in Minnesota' is being included in Weed Technology, a publication of the Weed Science Society Of America.  Palmer amaranth is listed as a noxious weed in Minnesota and was first discovered in the state in 2016.  Left uncontrolled, a single female Palmer amaranth plant typically produces 100,000 to 500,000 seeds.  It is resistant to multiple herbicides, can cause substantial yield losses, and greatly increase weed management costs in soybeans and corn. The article highlights the work of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, University of Minnesota Extension, farmers, and other partners to identify the weed in fields, determine how it got to Minnesota, and implement strategies to eliminate infestations.  (MDA)

Farmer Can Get Free Test for Nitrate Runoff in Ditches, Streams and Tiles

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is giving farmers the oppertunity to have their ditch, stream, tile and well water tested for nitrates at no cost.  Nitrate testing is an easy way for farmers to better understand water conditions and potential nutrient loss on their farms.  Here's how -

https://fluence-media.co/3nP7oAl.  (MCGA)

Seasonal CDL Update

MCPR has been working aggressively to find a viable long term solution to the Season CDL issues in Minnesota.  Effective May 4, 2021, DVS now offers a 60-day seasonal commercial driver's license (CDL) option available in three 60-day blocks of time, or the standard 180-day seasonal CDL.  The drivers who applied prior to the new programming will receive a letter that they can choose a different end date.  the DPS contact is Andrea Fasbender, Driver Services Director.