- Associated Press - Saturday, April 22, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s Agriculture Department is urging people to learn about a weed that it says could devastate the state’s farming industry.

Palmer amaranth hasn’t been found in the state yet. But Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says it’s been confirmed in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa in recent years, and people in North Dakota should learn what it looks like.

The weed is strong enough to stop combines and resist many herbicides. It can grow as tall as 7 feet, with each plant producing as much as a million seeds. It can be spread in a number of ways, including on farm machinery or in grass seed.

Goehring says North Dakotans should make sure they’re using reputable sources for seed.

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