Herbicide working group to meet Wed.

The Herbicide Carryover Working Group has scheduled a follow-up meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds in the Animas Room. The public is welcome to attend.

The purpose of the informal working group is to address the issue of herbicide carryover and develop an educational program for those entities that distribute manure as a soil amendment, herbicide applicators and area food producers.

Herbicides with the active ingredient of aminopyralid, clopyralid, or picloram (trade names such as Milestone, Stinger and Access, among others) can be effective in controlling weeds, but the residues can contaminate hays and grasses and the manure of any livestock that consumes the hay or grass treated with these herbicides. Gardeners and farmers across La Plata County (and throughout the country) that have used manure contaminated with these herbicides for soil enhancement have had affected, and even destroyed, crops.

For additional information, contact Commissioner Gwen Lachelt at 382-6215 or gwen.lachelt@co.laplata.co.us.