ASB Roadside Invasive Weed Control
Invasive weed control remains an Agricultural Service Board priority. During the 2018 season, Kneehill County Agriculture Services staff will continue the roadside invasive weed control program by covering all roadsides between Township Road 30-2 and Township Road 32-4. The two Agriculture Services spray units will be applying a residual herbicide and have been instructed to leave a one-meter buffer strip between the road allowance and the adjacent landowners’ property. As per policy, all roadside spraying will stop 30 meters upon approaching a farmstead or residence, where buildings and trees are within 30 meters of the road allowance and will continue 30 meters past the farmstead or residence. These buffer areas are the responsibility of the adjacent landowner.
In instances where invasive weed species are present in buffer areas, Kneehill County Agriculture Services offers consultations and control solutions to Kneehill County landowners including FREE reverse fenceline spraying. In this program, staff will spray from the field side back into the ditch utilizing the Kubota spray unit to control weeds left in the buffer zone. Residents wishing to participate in this or any other Agriculture Services programs can contact the Kneehill County office at 403-443-5541.
Private Land Weed Control
Agricultural producers within Kneehill County can receive assistance in controlling noxious weeds. On a cost recovery basis, the ASB will assist producers with controlling small patches of select noxious weeds to a maximum of one acre in crop and two acres in non-crop areas. The ASB will supply manpower, equipment, and herbicides.
Urban Weed Inspection
In accordance with the Alberta Weed Act, Kneehill County has appointed inspectors to assist the public in identifying and controlling regulated species. Twice during the growing season inspectors will visit all urban municipalities within Kneehill County to scout for invasive species, let homeowners know about the plants and aid in determining the best control methods.
Weed Inspection and Enforcement Policy
Weeds in Kneehill County
Weeds that are of particular concern within Kneehill County include:
- Baby's Breath
- Black Henbane
- Canada Thistle
- Common Burdock
- Common Mullein
- Common Tansey
- Dames Rockets
- Leafy Spurge
- Scentless Chamomile
- White Cockle
- Yellow Clematis
- Yellow Toadflax
The Noxious weeds listed above are highlighted because of their aggressive nature within Kneehill County which may financially impact private, crop, or pasture landowners. In an effort to keep these plants from spreading further Kneehill County Agricultural Service Board Office (ASB) would appreciate help from the public in regards to information on infestation locations as well as with control of these species on their lands.