Ag Services during COVID-19
During these extraordinary times, Kneehill County is working to continue to provide many of our existing services and programs to our ratepayers. Our focus remains on the health and safety of the community, as well as that of our staff. While we work towards achieving this, and complying with the Alberta Provincial Health orders, some of our services and programs have needed to be modified and seasonal staffing reduced.
This may mean for instance, services such as mowing frequency for some of our 50+ locations, or spraying may be reduced or delayed from previous years as we work within the Provincial guidelines.
We are continually monitoring and evaluating any changes to public health orders for implications to our programming, and to continue ensuring the safety of the community and our staff.
Thank you for you patience, and understanding.
ASB Roadside Invasive Weed Control
Invasive weed control remains an Agricultural Service Board priority. During the 2020 growing season, Kneehill County Agriculture Services staff will continue the Roadside Invasive Weed Control program along the County right-of-way in the southern third of the county, from Township Road 30-4 to the southern border.
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.
Urban and Rural 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.
Inspectors will also be completing similar scouting throughout the rural areas of the County.
For more information on Regulated Noxious and Prohibited Noxious weeds, visit Alberta Invasive Plant Council’s website at www.abinvasives.ca.
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.