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Palmer Amaranth Discovered in Stephenson County

If located, farmers can take initial steps to prevent the widespread (and costly) establishment of this weed. The easiest identifier for mature Palmer amaranth plants are the extended inflorescences, easily in excess of 12 inches. When the weed is present or suspected

  • We encourage farmers to not mechanically harvest mature Palmer amaranth plants with crop harvesting equipment. Physically remove the plants immediately prior to harvest and either leave the plants in the field or place in a sturdy garden bag and remove the plants from the field. Bury or burn the bags in a burn barrel as soon as possible.
  • Fields in which Palmer amaranth seeds were produced should not be tilled during the fall or following spring. Leaving the seeds near the soil surface increases the opportunities for seed predation by various granivores.
  • If the area was already harvested, mark or flag areas where Palmer amaranth plants have produced seed. These areas should be intensively scouted the following season and an aggressive Palmer amaranth management plan implemented to prevent future seed production.

JDSWCD  has a woody vegetation removal barfor rent.  Control those woody invasives by pulling them right out of the ground.  Only $10 per day.

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Diving                                                $52.50 per hour

Call JDSWCD for any underwater diving needs.

Bathymetric Mapping                      $52.50 per hour

JDSWCD can map any water body, big or small. Maps can be produced within 1 ft. accuracy showing depth contours, storage volume, and 3-D modeling for controlling nutrient loads.

Land Evaluation Report                      $350 flat rate

This service provides soil types on an acreage, average slope, land evaluation score, land capability and yields per acre of crops and pasture, woodland management and productivity data, and water management data.  Data is taken from the USDA Soil Survey of Jo Daviess County Illinois.  Reports can only be issued to the property owner or individual must have written notarized consent from the property owner.  The customer must supply a current survey for the property.

Pond Management                         $52.50 per hour. 

This service is to provide assistance to land owners on ponds, lakes, and streams.  Services may be provided on an hourly basis. In addition, a complete investigation and report can be provided for a $250 fee plus $25 per surface acre of water.  Reports include bathymetric and surface mapping, aquatic community assessment, and recommendations for water body improvements based on customer’s interests.  Reports can only be issued to the property owner or individual must have written notarized consent from the property owner.