Weed Control

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The objective of the Weed Management Program is to prevent the establishment of new Invasive Alien Plants (IAPs) and the containment and control of those that are now in the area. This is essential if the R.M. is to continue to use its land base to its fullest extent, whether it is for crop production, livestock production or recreation.


Weed Inspector

Rick Bilokryly

Phone: 306-862-3847

Contact Rick if you see an abundance of any of the following

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Common burdock

An introduced biennial that forms a rosette of leaves the first year, and large, stout flowering bolt with many branches the second year. 

It prefers areas with moist fertile soils – riparian areas – and recent soil disturbance. Its prickly seed heads are designed for dispersal, readily attaching to whatever animal may brush past. 

Common Burdock produces burrs which can entangle in the manes and tails of horses and the wool of sheep and can damage and de-value the wool of sheep. Heavily burred cattle can experience eye, nose or mouth injuries, are stressed, de-valued at market, and aid in the weed’s spread. 

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yellow toadflax

Brought from Europe over 100 years ago as an ornamental plant, yellow toadflax has escaped and has now become a serious problem to rangeland and mountain meadows all over North America. 

This perennial plant makes seed, but reproduction is primarily by sprouting from its extensive, creeping root system (rhizomes) – 2-3 week old seedlings can produce creeping roots. The ability of this plant to form large colonies allows it to crowd out other vegetation. 

Yellow toadflax is easily confused with leafy spurge before flowering, but toadflax stems do not contain the milky latex that spurge does. 

Also known as common toadflax, butter-and-eggs, or spurred snapdragon 

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scentless chamomile

Scentless chamomile can behave as an annual, biennial, or sometimes a perennial, but reproduces by seed only. Plants are usually very bushy and have a fibrous root system. 

It continually blooms, forms seed, and seeds germinate throughout the growing season: fall seedlings overwinter and are usually first to flower in spring.  

This is not the chamomile used for tea as it is scentless. 

A single, robust plant can occupy one full square meter and produce up to one million seeds. Scentless chamomile and oxeye daisy are often mistaken for each other as the flowers are nearly identical, but the leaves are very different. Both plants are weeds - there are no native white-flowered daisies in Saskatchewan. It can also be confused with stinking mayweed or pineapple weed, but the foliage of these two plants has an odor. 

Plant Health Officer (PHO)

The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) continues to administer the Plant Health Network (CAP-PHN) program aimed to provide a human capacity component to support rural municipalities (RM) and First Nations (FNB). 

This program is fully funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership agreement to a maximum for $715,000.


The purpose of the Plant Health Network is to establish human resources in each of SARM’s six Divisions to provide direct support, education, training to RMs, and their municipally appointed officers, as well as FNBs on how best to manage the agricultural crop pests and prohibited and noxious weeds that all landowners are required to manage under The Pest Control Act and The Weed Control Act in Saskatchewan.


Each SARM Division employs a full-time Plant Health Officer (PHO) who will develop, promote and implement best practices within their Division to proactively identify, monitor and assist in the control of invasive/emerging threats to plant bio-security in agriculture with the goal of developing more comprehensive and uniform control strategies across the Province.


Should you have any questions or concerns with Clubroot or noxious weeds, you may contact Lynne Roszell.


Our Plant Health officer is Lynne Roszell

(306) 852-8328 

lynneroszell@gmail.com

Or call

1-866-457-2377

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Zebra Mussels

Aquatic invasive species are non-native animals or plants that are usually spread through the water, and from one waterbody to another, by attaching to watercraft, trailers and related aquatic equipment. 


 

Saskatchewan monitors for aquatic invasive species and takes the following steps to prevent them from entering the province's lakes and water bodies.

  • It is illegal to import, possess or transport high-risk aquatic species, including invasive mussels.
  • Provincial regulations allow conservation officers to inspect, quarantine and decontaminate watercraft known or suspected to contain invasive species.
  • Federal regulations allow Canada Border Security Agency officers to check private and commercial watercraft entering the province from the United States.
  • The province raises public awareness and educates watercraft operators on risks and prevention.
  • Provincial watershed groups help to monitor for zebra mussels and assist with Clean, Drain, Dry education.
  • The province works with other agencies and jurisdictions to coordinate inspection and other prevention measures.


                      Remember to practice: Clean, Drain, Dry 

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