Millard County's weed supervisor, Margo Warner, is concerned because so many of the county's farmers ignored requirements to control noxious weeds before the announced deadline passed.
But she warns that the consequences could be serious if they continue to ignore weed control that is required by law.Warner doesn't want to condemn hay crops if weed contents are too high but points out there is authority to take such drastic measures. Giving an example of how rapidly weeds can spread and affect an agricultural economy, she points out that there were only 60 acres of Russian knapweed reported in neighboring San Juan County six years ago and now there are more than 6,000 acres.
The supervisor, who works closely with Utah State University weed specialists and county agricultural agents, says sufficient chemicals are available to control weed crops. She also noted that the county can spray for farmers who can't do it themselves for about $2 per acre.