Kochia weed more than a nuisance

The noxious weed can produce up to 25,000 seeds per plant and can grow up to two metres in height

By T. Martin-Schmunk
of The Crossroads

Kochia, a familiar weed, has become more than a nuisance in many areas across the Prairies.

Kochia scoparia is designated a noxious weed (defined as harmful or injurious to agricultural crops) in Saskatchewan in accordance with The Weed Control Act, dated Dec. 1, 2010.

Mature kochia along a roadside.

Native to Asia and parts of Europe, the weed was brought to Canada by European settlers as an ornamental plant; it was also useful as a forage plant for livestock producers.

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