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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, December 28, 2016 Page 10 Palmer amaranth detected in Minnesota Y ST. PAUL, Minn. (9/22/2016)--Crop It has been found in 28 other states, scientists at the University of Minnesota including Iowa, South Dakota and Extension and officials at the Minnesota Wisconsin. Department of Agriculture (MDA) urge "Palmer amaranth infestations have farmers to check fields for Palmer ama- caused substantial yield losses and ranth, an aggressive weed that can put greatly increased weed management corn and soybean crops at risk. A plant costs in cotton, soybeans and corn in the detected in a native seed planting plot southern states," said Extension agron- on a Yellow Medicine County farm was omist and crops leader Jeff Gunsolus. confirmed today to be Palmer amaranth. "This is a disconcerting, though not This is the first confirmation of the completely unexpected, discovery in weed in the state. Minnesota. We have been discussing The MDA asks possible infestations proper identification procedures with to be reported by contacting the MDA's crop consultants during our Institute for Arrest the Pest line by phone at 1-888- Ag Professionals educational programs 545-6684 or by email at arrest.the, over the last three or more years." pest@state.mn.us. Landowners are Extension and MDA officials com- encouraged to email photos of suspect- mend the grower and crop consultant ed infestations for identification, who quickly contacted Extension after "We encourage landowners to scout discovering a suspected Palmer ama- fields now before harvest for Palmer ranth plant. The weed is on MDA's amaranth and report any possible infes- prohibited-eradicated noxious weed tations to the Minnesota Department of list, requiring all above- and below- Agriculture," said Geir Friisoe, MDA's ground parts of the plant be destroyed. Director of Plant Protection. "The Transportation, propagation or sale of quicker we're able to identify and start the plants is prohibited. managing this weed, the better our MDA and Extension continue coordi- chances will be to minimize the impact nating action steps to address the weed. to our ag industry." The MDA is investigating how the Palmer amaranth can grow 2 to 3 weed may have been introduced to the inches a day, typically reaching 6 to 8 state. feet, or more, in height. Left uncon- In August, an Extension blog updated trolled, a single female Palmer ama- steps for both prevention and manage- ranth plant typically produces 100,000 ment at z.umn.edu/palamthbknd. to 500,000 seeds. It is resistant to mul- Further information is available at tiple herbicides, z.umn.edu/MDAPalmerAmaranth. Leonard McLaughlin had a lot of books in his home library and wanted to pare down his collection so he built this Little Library on the street by his home in Walnut Grove. The library has two shelves. The top shelf is supplied with books for adult age peo- ple while the lower shelf has children's books. He says there are a lot of people and kids that walk by his street on the far east end of Walnut Grove. McLaughlin says the kid's books go really fast, so he picks up more books at thrift stores. I APiacehlthe *Weddings *Funerals *Flowers & Balloons for every occasion *Cra~ of all kinds Phone 507-274-6600 L. Oshat Westtrook, MN 4 miles W. of Westbr00k on Hwy. 30,11/2 miles S. Ron's Electric, Inc. Serving the area for over 35 years! 507-274-5650 [ Westbrook BIRKHOLZ LAW LLC ATTORNEY AT LAW Daniel A. Birkholz Family Law+. C ai Defen Estate Wills, Trusts and Probate Kstate @~ BlueCross BlueShield FISHER PRIMARY EYE CARE CLINIC Hours: Dr. M.R. Fisher 507-831-3478 Mon. thru Fri. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 230 Tenth St., Windom, MN 56101 * Visual analysis, diagnosis 8, therapy * Cataracts - pre-op & post-op core * Glaucoma - diagnosis 8, treatment * Eyelid Problems - diagnosis & referral * Refractive laser surgery - referral & post-ap care * Age-related macular degeneration - diagnosis & treatment * Foreign body removal * Treatment of ocular pathology * Contact lenses & glasses available, if needed Serving Windom & surrounding communities for 43 years! Since 1939 See ue for all your electrical and appliance needsl Authorized Dieh Network Dealer. Walnut Grove, M1N d'sh 507-859-2114 PAT LOWTHER LAW TAKE CARE OF YOUR FUTURE pat@lawmanpal.com www'patlwtherlaw'cm 630 First A' enue Westbrook, MN 507-794-5291 steffenelectric.com ....... . Financing Now Available Ted Enstad- Owner Walnut Grove, MN 507-626-4346 email: ted@tandchvac.com web: tandchvac.corn 241557 " PlumblaS & Heating 507"274-5505 Ton Fre 888-518-0591 705 1=11: Ave., Westbrook, MN 56183 I 251923 WESTER'S LOCKER Bacon - Ham - Sausage Retail Meats: fresh & frozen Custom Slaughtering- Sides & Quarters Deer Processing Available 536 1st Ave., Westbrook Tim Wester, owner 507-274-5900 164917 TO see your business featured here. / i Call Joan at 507-274-6136 or / 800-41 O- 1859 jspielman@ncppub.com