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WEEDS

U.S. Customs and Border Protection ag inspection specialists are on duty 24/7 to look for noxious weed seeds and insect pests coming from Canada to the U.S. by rail. The crossing at Portal, North Dakota, is the fifth busiest railyard in the country, when measured by number of containers. The crossing at International Falls, Minnesota, is the busiest.
North Dakota officials have told CHS Sunflower at Grandin, North Dakota, to stop shipping sunflower screenings for livestock producers in North Dakota after a Grant County rancher found his feed product had contaminated hundreds of acres with the hard-to-control Palmer amaranth weed seeds.
Farmers in the southern Red River Valley who experienced drought conditions a month ago, along with 50 mph winds, now have gotten a shot of rain. Soils that moved also moved weed seed, which can contaminate neighboring fields with tough-to-control waterhemp. A return to hot, dry conditions makes those weeds even harder to control.
"Fielding Questions" columnist Don Kinzler says the vine that a reader got as a dollar special from a home improvement store is often considered a weed that can overtake its surroundings.

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"Fielding Questions" columnist Don Kinzler explains why an ornamental tree in a local yard attracts robins for a buffet of fruit each spring.
Organic farmers in southeast Minnesota learned their longtime agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation had ended when their no-spray signs were pulled from the ground this summer.
In today's "Fielding Questions" column, a reader wonders what they can do about this weed spreading on the side of their house.
In today's "Fielding Questions" column, Don weighs in on a couple's lighthearted discussion about overly fussy mowing habits.
BEMIDJI -- Beltrami County began roadside vegetation control along Beltrami County Highways on Monday, June 1. They are spraying for Spotted Knapweed, Thistle, Tansy, Wild Parsnip and brush.
In today's "Growing Together" column, Don Kinzler explains how we can win the war on weeds.

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In today's "Fielding Questions," columnist Don Kinzler says the key to potato bugs is rotation.
In today's "Fielding Questions," columnist Don Kinzler explains how the stump of this tree was covered in frozen water and sap
Did you see the internet article claiming you can tell a female pepper from a male pepper in the grocery store, and one is sweeter? Can you really prevent weeds by sprinkling cornmeal over the soil?

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