Palmer Amaranth Confirmed In Jackson County

Sat 10-6-2018

(Jackson, Mn.)-- Palmer Amaranth has now been confirmed in Jackson county.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says the invasive weed was found growing in early September in a soybean field adjacent to a utility farm field road. Officials say the weed had survived an herbicide treatment, making initial identification difficult. The farmer then contacted the University of Minnesota Extension which submitted the plant for genetic identification. The test confirmed it as Palmer Amaranth. 

Staff members with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture have scouted fields in the same area and have not found any other Palmer plants. The agency is investigating where the Palmer Amaranth seed came from.

The invasive weed has been found in six Minnesota counties since 2016. In addition to the latest find in Jackson county, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture confirmed the weed in a Redwood county soybean field last week. It's also been found growing in Iowa, the Dakotas and Wisconsin. 

Palmer Amaranth is native to the southwestern U.S. and northwestern Mexico.