Hearing to add to the Noxious weed list

 


Cheyenne County Commissioners will be holding a hearing to decide if Common mullein should be added as a noxious weed in Cheyenne County.

Common mullein (Verbascim thapsus) is a non-native species that occurs throughout most of North America. It’s origins in America are attributed to US settlers and Native Americans, due to it’s many uses.

According to Stevan Knezevic, Extension Weeds Specialist with the University of Lincoln, Common mullein is on the increase in northeastern Nebraska’s rangeland, woodland and pastures. It is a biennial plant that reproduces only by seeds, but it is a prolific seed producer. Taproot of this species can access soil moisture from a deeper profile at a much better rate than fibrous roots of pasture grasses, giving common mullein the competitive advantage over grass, especially during dry years.

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