The State of Utah, Dept of Agriculture has made changes to Rule R68-9, Utah Noxious Weed Act, effective since March 1, 2017, and made changes to the current species list.
R68-9-2, Designation and Publication of State Noxious Weeds, states:
A. The following weeds are hereby officially designated and published as noxious for the State of Utah, as per the authority vested in the Commissioner of Agriculture and Food under Section 4-17-3:
There are hereby designated five classes of noxious weeds in the state: Class 1A (EDRR Watch List), Class 1 (EDRR), Class 2 (Control), Class 3 (Containment), and Class 4 (Prohibited for sale or propagation).
Class 1A: Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) Watch List Declared noxious and invasive weeds not native to the state of Utah and not known to exist in the State that pose a serious threat to the state and should be considered as a very high priority.
Common crupina, African rue, Small bugloss, Mediterranean sate, Spring millet, Syrian beancaper, Ventenata (North Africa grass), Plumeless thistle and Malta starthistle.
Class 1B: (EDRR) Declared noxious and invasive weeds not native to the State of Utah that are known to exist in the state in very limited populations and pose a serious threat to the state and should be considered as a very high priority.
Camelthorn, Garlic mustard, Purple starthistle, Goatsrue, African mustard, Giant reed, Japanese Knotweed, Blueweed (Vipers bugloss), Elongated mustard, Common St. Johnswort, Oxeye daisy, Cutleaf vipergrass.
Class 2: Control. Declared noxious and invasive weeds not native to the state of Utah, that pose a threat to the state and should be considered a high priority for control. Weeds listed in the control list are known to exist in varying populations throughout the state. The concentration of these weeds is at a level where control or eradication may be possible.
Leafy spurge, Medusahead, Rush skeletonweed, Spotted knapweed, Purple loosestrife, Squarrose knapweed, Dyers woad, Yellow starthistle, Yellow toadflax, Diffuse knapweed, Black henbane and Dalmation toadflax.
Class 3: Containment. Declared noxious and invasive weeds not native to the State of Utah that are widely spread. Weeds listed in the containment noxious weeds list are known to exist in various populations throughout the state. Weed control efforts may be directed at reducing or eliminating new or expanding weed populations. Known and established weed populations, as determined by the weed control authority, may be managed by any approved weed control methodology as determined the the weed control authority. These weeds pose a threat to the agricultural industry and agricultural products.
Russian knapweed, Houndstongue, Perennial pepperweed (Tall whitetop), Phragmites (Common reed), Tamarisk (Saltcedar), Hoary cress, Canada thistle, Poison hemlock, Musk thistle, Quackgrass, Jointed goatgrass, Bermudagrass*, perennial sorghum spp. (including but not limited to Johnson Grass (Sorghum halepense) and Sorghum almum (Sorghum almum), Scotch thistle (Cotton thistle), Field bindweed (Wild Morning-glory) and Puncturevine (Goathead).
* Bermudagrass shall not be a noxious weed in Washington County and shall not be subject to provisions of the Utah Noxious Weed Law within the boundaries of that county. It shall be a noxious weed throughout all other areas of the State of Utah and shall be subject to the laws therein.
Class 4: Prohibited. Declared noxious and invasive weeds, not native to the state of Utah, that pose a threat to the state through the retail sale or propagation in the nursery and greenhouse industry. Prohibited noxious weeds are annual, biennial, or perennial plants that the commissioner designated as having the potential or are known to be detrimental to human or animal health, the environment, public roads, crops, or other property.
Cogongrass (Japanese blood grass), Myrtle spurge, Dames Rocket, Scotch broom and Russian olive.
Each county in Utah may have different priorities regarding specific State designated Noxious Weeds and is therefore able to re-prioritize these weeds for their own needs.
Duchesne County offers help by selling herbicides for Noxious Weeds at below cost. Sales are Mondays, 12 Noon till 5:00 PM except Holidays. Chemical Sales began April 17, 2017, at the County Weed Department, 100 East 200 South, Duchesne. Duchesne County also has spray equipment for rent, 4 wheeler tanks or spray trailers.
Call the Weed Dept. at 738-2745, 100 East 200 South, Duchesne.
Published in the Uintah Basin Standard April 18, 25 and May 2, 2017.