Iowa Puts Palmer Amaranth on State Noxious Weed and Seed List

  • On June 30, 2017
As of July 1, Palmer Amaranth will be listed as a primary noxious weed and seed, and an invasive plant in the state of Iowa. This means, by law, seed sold in the state must be free from Palmer Amaranth.
The addition to the state’s noxious weed law allows citizens to file complaints if neighboring landowners aren’t managing their land to control the weed. If a complaint is filed, the county weed commissioner has authority to order the property owner to get the weed under control-or face daily fines for up to 10 days.
The law generally does not apply to Palmer Amaranth on land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program. Iowa joins Minnesota and Ohio in listing the weed in its noxious weed and seed prohibitions.