GERING, Neb.- Landowners in Scotts Bluff County have a new weed to look out for.
'Scotch thistle' will soon be added to the Scotts Bluff County list of noxious weeds.
‘Scotch thistle' is a flowering, spiny plant often found in range land, feed yards and pastures.
County Commissioners passed a motion Tuesday night to send a request to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director, Greg Ibach, to add Scotch Thistle to the county's noxious weeds list. The process could take up to 30 days to take effect.
Scotts Bluff County Weed Control Superintendent Jeff Schledewitz says Scotch thistle can be potentially hazardous to livestock and can easily take over county land.
Schledewitz says so far, Scotch thistle has already taken over nearly 4,000 acres of Scotts Bluff County.
"This year, with the early spring rain, it has just exploded. And not only Scotch thistle, but the Canada and Mush thistle are just out of control this year. We're coming out of a 10-12 year drought, we've had that entire seed bed laying there. Now this year, it had adequate moisture to germinate in a way that’s just unbelievable."
Schledewitz says once Scotch thistle makes it on to the noxious weeds list, landowners in Scotts Bluff County will be responsible for controlling and spraying their land at an estimated cost of $30/acre.
Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact the county's weed control department or visit the website: http://www.scottsbluffcounty.org/weed-control/weed-control.html.