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!