Weed Awareness Week

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By Joey Martin

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) Controlling noxious and invasive weeds can be a full time job.

The State of Idaho is taking an active approach in fighting back.

It's Noxious and Invasive Weeds Awareness Week.

In Twin Falls County, the Weed Bureau is doing their part in raising awareness of the dangers associated with these plants.

"It's a great time because it’s right before our big weed season hits. And although there are a lot of noxious weeds currently out and up and moving right now... it gives us the opportunity to work with private property owners in each of our individual counties and move forward from there," explains Kali Sherrill, Twin Falls County Weed Bureau.

But what are noxious or invasive weeds, exactly?

"A noxious weed is listed as being noxious in the state of Idaho. Currently there are 64 of them and what they are... is they are a weed that is detrimental to humans, animals or the environment," Sherrill says.

"There are many invasive weeds that are not listed as noxious. But they are kinds of weeds that we are watching that are maybe very aggressive; they might be on noxious weed lists in surrounding states. We necessarily don't have to have them in Idaho, but we definitely want to pay attention to them," Sherrill adds.

For farmers and large land owners, these weeds can wreak havoc on your property.

"You know, they'll take all of the sunshine... all of the water... they'll take the space. They'll actually overrun everything. And as far as our crops go... they will lower our crop yields quite a bit," Sherrill explains.

If you're curious as to if your property does contain these weeds, head over to the website.

Just log onto idahoweedawareness.com.

If you have any questions for the Weed Bureau, call them at 734-9000.

They'll be able to help you identify a potential problem.

They can also help you with an eradication plan to remove these weeds from your property.