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Field agriculture days scheduled at multiple North Dakota sites

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Leafy spurge
America   Leafy spurge continues to be one of North Dakota’s worst noxious weeds

Field days have been scheduled at multiple North Dakota sites to collect and redistribute flea beetles that eat leafy spurge.


Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said persons interested in acquiring the flea beetles to release on their own property can collect them from established populations at the field day sites.

“Leafy spurge continues to be one of North Dakota’s worst noxious weeds,” Goehring said. “Using the flea beetles for biological control, as part of an integrated pest management plan, has proven to be an effective tool in combatting leafy spurge infestations.”

The field days are scheduled:

- 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. MDT, Tuesday, June 19 – Billings County – Franks Creek Road north of Fryburg.

- 11 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 20 – Morton County – 7 miles south of Mandan Municipal Airport.

- 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. MDT, Thursday, June 21 – Billings County – Wannagan Creek Road north of Medora.

- 10 a.m. MDT, Thursday, June 21 – Grant County – Lake Tschida Boy Scout Camp.

- 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. MDT, Wednesday, June 27 – Billings County – Franks Creek Road north of Fryburg.

- 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. MDT, Thursday, June 28 – Billings County – Wannagan Creek Road north of Medora.

- 11 a.m. CDT, Thursday, June 28 – Stutsman County – 1508 4th St. NW, Jamestown.

All attendees are asked to help collect and all beetles collected are distributed evenly.

Attendees should bring a cooler with ice packs to transport the flea beetles, and are asked to bring sweep nets if they have them.

The field days are co-hosted by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the weed boards of Billings, Morton, Grant and Stutsman counties.


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