Palmer Amaranth found in Jackson County 05 Oct 18

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is investigating the source of a Palmer amaranth plant found growing in Jackson County. In early September, a farmer noticed a suspicious weed in the first few rows of a soybean field adjacent to a utility field road. 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 has confirmed it was Palmer amaranth. MDA staff has scouted fields in the area and have not found any other Palmer plants. The MDA is investigating where the Palmer amaranth seed came from.