Meadow Knapweed Discovered in Norman County
Gary, MN — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture confirmed in 2020 six species of weeds on the state’s Noxious Weeds Prohibited Eradicate List for the first time in nine counties, including Norman County. Meadow Knapweed was discovered in the Prairie Dunes Wildlife Management Area, just is about a mile north of the Gary Pines. Monika Chandler of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture says Meadow Knapweed is a concern because it will outcompete other plants in pastures, hayfields, and meadows and reduce forage and habitat, especially if it crosses with other like species.
Meadow Knapweed was added to the state’s eradicate list in 2013. State Law requires landowners to destroy all parts of the plant, above and below ground, when it is discovered.
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