COST SHARE PROGRAMS

 

Have you discovered that those weeds that you dislike the most tend to spread quickly and are the most difficult to get rid of?  Your problem weed may or may not be a listed noxious weed, but if you contact your local Weed and Pest, they will come positively identify your weed(s) and will make recommendations on the best control method(s) available in non-crop areas. Our goal is to provide information and educate property owners on ways to take action in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive species. The sooner action is taken, the sooner invasive species can be controlled.  Big Horn County Weed and Pest District offers several cost share programs to help with these issues.

Quarantine Release

A quarantine release is also required by any producer if removing hay and/or grains from their field of origin. The purpose of this release is to ensure that noxious weed seeds or plant parts are not spread during transportation.  There is no cost for this inspection. It is another service that Big Horn County offers as an education tool to create awareness of these invasive species.

Pit Inspection

Gravel pits, such as; gravel, soil and mulch, are also requires inspections and approval before there is any disturbance of the ground and moved off site.  Pit standards fall under the same guidelines as forage.  This is required for all agencies; county, state and private, there is no cost for this inspection. It is another service that Big Horn County offers as an education tool to create awareness of these invasive species. .

Certified Weed Free Forage Inspections

Prevention practices are an important part of weed control.  Each year the number of weed free certifications for forage, gravel, and soil increases, as well as the demand for weed free products.

There is a $15.oo inspection fee per field, pass or fail.  If the field passes inspection standards, a 50% cost share on certified twine or tags are available.

Canal Districts

Canal Districts  qualify for a 50% cost share on chemical and labor.  Each canal district interested in this program must fill out a request form stating the type of services they would like.  There is no restriction dates on this cost share. 

Grasshoppers

The cost share program offered for grasshopper treatment is 50% on insecticides available.  It is the land owners responsibility to arrange best spray practices for themselves. There is no restrictions dates on this cost share.

Whitetop (Hoary cress)

Whitetop ( Cardaria draba (L.) Desv.) is a perennial growing up to 2 feet tall. Reproduced from spreading root stocks and seeds. Flowers are snow white and dense. Flowering occurs April - August. Roots can extend into the ground 30 feet. This plant does well in some of our more moist, clay, alkaline soils. The best time for treatment is during the 'broccoli stage'. This occurs prior to the appearance of white flowers. Big Horn County offer an 80% cost share on labor and/or herbicide. Big Horn County Weed & Pest offers an 80% cost share on labor and/or herbicide April 15 - June 30.

 

Leafy Spurge & Priority Noxious Weeds

Leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula L.) is a perennial that reproduces by vigorous root stalks and seeds. An extensive root system makes leafy spurge extremely difficult to control. Flowers are yellowish-green, small in numerous small clusters. Flowers in May - September. Capsules explode when dry, often projecting seeds as far as 15 feet. The entire plant contains milky juice. Big Horn County Weed & Pest offers a 100% cost share on the treatment of Priority Noxious Weeds.  Priority Noxious Weeds vary based on different State Designated and County Declared Noxious Weeds of Wyoming.

Russian knapweed

Russian knapweed (Centaurea repens L.) is a perennial, forming dense colonies by adventitious shoots from widely spreading black roots which penetrate to a depth of over 8 feet. Flowers are pink to lavender and occur from June - September.  The best time to treat Russian knapweed if after flowering. Russian knapweed if not grazed by livestock due to it's bitter taste.  Big Horn County Weed & Pest offers an 80% cost share on labor and/or herbicide August 1 - November 15.

Russian olive

Russian olive (Elaeagnaceae) is a perennial, fast-growing tree reaching heights from 10 to 25 feet. Trunks and branches are armed with 1-2 inch woody thorns. Flowers are yellow, and arranged in clusters and occur in May - June. Fruits are shaped like small olives. Root system is extensive and suckers frequently sprout from the roots. When allowed to invade low-lying pastures, meadows, or waterways it can become a serious weed problem. Big Horn County Weed & Pest offers a 50% cost share on herbicide. No restriction date.

Saltcedar (Tamarisk)

Saltcedar (Tamarix ramosissima Ledeb.) is a perennial. Deciduous or evergreen shrubs or small trees. Flowers are pink to white, 5-petaled and occur April - September. Taproots are deep and extensive. Large plants can transpire at least 200 gallons per plant each day and will often dry up ponds and streams. Big Horn County Weed & Pest offers a 50% cost share on herbicide. No restriction date.

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