Sunday, August 20, 2017
     

OTTAWA COUNTY WEED DEPARTMENT 

About us: 

Ottawa County Noxious Weed Department is located at 894 East 10th street in Minneapolis.  In 1980, in this location we built this facility with an office, chemical storage area, and shop area.

                The Noxious Weed Departments were first set up in Kansas in 1937.  The first noxious weed at that time was field bindweed.  Salt was used at that time for control which just kept the ground from growing anything.  In later years, people used chlorate which is what the head of matches are made of.  It was very hazardous, and many people were seriously burnt.  In the mid to late 40’s 2, 4-D was the most commonly and widely used chemical on the market, and is still used today along with many other chemicals.  We have gone from using pounds or quarts per acre to using tenths of an ounce per acre today.  The program was set up to help farmers control his noxious weeds, and to sell chemical at a reduced cost.

                A noxious weed is a weed that is a determent to agriculture use.  In the noxious weed law, there are 12 different noxious weeds at the present time.  They are Kudzu, Field Bindweed, Russian Knapweed, Hoary Cress, Canada thistle, Quackgrass, Leafy Spurge, Musk Thistle, Johnson grass, and Serecia Lespedeza.  There are also two weeds that can be declared noxious in the county by the County Commissioners.  They are the Bull Thistle and Multiflora Rose. 

                Kenny Baccus is the Noxious Weed Director for Ottawa County.  Kenny's job as weed director is to enforce the noxious weed law.  It consists of working with the farmers and their problems.  In the weed department, we spray the noxious weeds on county roads, as well as spraying annual weeds.  We work on complaints from other people on noxious weeds, as well as keeping on the look out for problem areas ourselves.

                Kenny also is the spray truck operator, sells chemicals, and does the book work for the department.

                John Hendrick is also a spray truck operator.

                The weed department also has the job of putting up road signs.  This is sometimes a full time job for them to keep up with the vandalism of signs. 

                If you have any questions concerning the weed department please contact us.  The office hours are from 3pm - 4:30pm Monday thru Friday.  Our phone number is (785) 392-3636.