Re­port Jim­son­weed

Alberta Gardener Magazine - - Local Dirt -

Al­berta Agri­cul­ture and Forestry has re­ceived re­ports of Jim­son­weed in Al­berta. This is not a com­mon weed found in Al­berta, and pro­duc­ers need to be dili­gent to stop its spread.

It is im­por­tant that pro­duc­ers han­dle this weed care­fully to pre­vent fur­ther spread and po­ten­tial health risks to live­stock and hu­mans. Proper han­dling in­for­ma­tion can be found be­low and on the Agri­cul­ture and Forestry web­site.

Jim­son­weed is clas­si­fied as a Class 1 weed un­der the fed­eral Weed Seeds Or­der of the Fed­eral Seeds Act. Jim­son­weed is a pro­hib­ited, nox­ious weed seed un­der the Seeds Act, and it must not be present in any seed im­ported into or sold in Canada. The Seeds Act pro­hibits the sale of seed con­tain­ing pro­hib­ited nox­ious weed seeds.

Datura stra­mo­nium, known by the com­mon name of Jim­son­weed, is a plant of the night­shade fam­ily. All parts of the plant are toxic to an­i­mals and hu­mans. CFIA is tak­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate steps to in­ves­ti­gate the source of Jim­son­weed in Al­berta.

Jim­son­weed has now been found in eleven ru­ral mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, as of Sept. 14, 2015. Coun­ties in­clude Bar­rhead, Cam­rose, Flagstaff, Leduc, La­combe, Lac Ste Anne, Park­land, Ponoka, West­lock, We­taski­win and Wheat­land. The ma­jor­ity of re­ports have been spot­ted in canola fields. While some wheat and bar­ley fields have re­ported the weed, they have links to canola seeded in nearby fields or in the pre­vi­ous year.

If Jim­son­weed is found, pro­duc­ers should take the fol­low­ing steps: • When hand pulling, wear gloves and long sleeves

• Dou­ble bag the plants for the land­fill dis­posal

• Canola stub­ble should not be baled up for feed where plants have been found. These prac­tices will in­creases risk for poi­son­ing in live­stock feed.

• Do not com­post or burn, as this will re­lease tox­ins in the air and may cause sec­ondary poi­son­ing.

Col­lect­ing in­for­ma­tion on Jim­son­weed sight­ings Al­berta Agri­cul­ture and Forestry (AF) con­tin­ues to work with the CFIA and ag field­men to track fields. Coun­ties and pro­duc­ers are asked to work closely with AF to ob­tain as much in­for­ma­tion as pos­si­ble on all re­ports of Jim­son­weed in crop­ping sit­u­a­tions. If Jim­son­weed has been spot­ted, please call the Ag Info Cen­tre at 310-FARM. Re­port all sight­ings of this plant. We need to stop its spread!


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