By law and in accordance with NDDTL land leases, noxious weeds must be controlled. There are multiple options available to help control noxious weeds and pests including but not limited to chemical control, biological control, and grazing. NDDTL has cost share and volunteer programs available for applicable methods to help defray the costs of necessary weed and pest control.
What are the most common noxious weeds, “watch” weeds, and pests encountered?
It is important to note that there are both state and county noxious weed lists.
A weed which is considered to be harmful to the environment or animals, especially one which may be the subject of regulations governing attempts to control it.
A weed that may be or may become a nuisance to the land.
Any insects (grasshoppers), rodents (prairie dogs), nematode, fungus, weed, any form of terrestrial or aquatic plant or animal life, viruses, bacteria, or other micro-organisms, except viruses, bacteria, or other micro-organisms, whose presence causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.
This action is as a courtesy to the weed control officer to keep them informed of what is happening in their county and it also provides contact between our lessees and the weed officer, who is knowledgeable concerning the latest information on the identification and control of weeds.
Labor rates are as varied. DTL suggests considering the man-hours spent spraying and the efficiency of equipment and methods used. If there is a question about the labor amount being excessive, DTL will contact you before the payment is approved.
Yes, (remember to contact the Department prior to work) if the requested cost share is greater than $200.00 and you are spraying in June and again with follow-up in September, DTL encourages you to submit a form immediately after each spraying. Immediate form submission will ensure you have the receipt(s) and the spraying time is still fresh in your mind.
If you wait and submit one form at the end of the year, you are able to do so, but be sure you have it mailed before the deadline as late requests will not be paid.
For small infestation control, DTL can cost share up to $200.00 without a receipt or weed officer signature
Yes, chemical control is still necessary to maintain the front-line of defense. Flea beetles can be an effective tool, but they are not a "cure-all". In the first year of release, stay back approximately 200 feet from the release site but continue your spraying efforts. As the bio-controlled area grows, you can widen the ring of no-spraying.