Benton County Noxious Weeds Notice

Resolution #23-24

Be It Resolved by the Board of Supervisors of Benton County, Iowa that pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 317, Code of Iowa, it is hereby ordered:
1. That each owner and each person in the possession or control of any lands in Benton County shall cut, burn or otherwise destroy all noxious weeds thereon, as defined in this chapter, at such times in each year and in such manner as shall prevent said weeds from blooming or coming to maturity, and shall keep said lands free from such growth of any other weeds as shall render the streets or highways adjoining said land unsafe for public travel. Noxious weeds shall be cut or otherwise destroyed on or before May 1st, 2023 and as often thereafter as is necessary to prevent seed production:

Primary Noxious Weeds: Destroy by: May 1, 2023
Quackgrass (Agropyron repens)
Perennial Sowthistle (Sonchus arvensis)
Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense)
Bull Thistle (Cirsium lanceolatum)
Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)
Horsenettle (Solanum carolinense)
Leafy Spurge (Euphorbia esula)
Perennial Peppergrass (Lepidium draba)
Russian Knapweed (Centaurea repens)
Buckthorn (Not to include Rhamnus frangula)
Musk Thistle (Carduus nutans)
Tall Thistle (Cirsium altissimum)
Palmer Amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri)

Secondary Noxious Weeds: Destroy By: May 1, 2023
Butterprint, Velvetleaf (Abutilon theophrasti)
Cocklebur (Xanthium commune)
Wild Mustard (Brassica arvensis)
Wild Carrot (Daucus carota)
Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)
Sour Dock (Rumex crispus)
Smooth Dock (Rumex altissimus)
Poison Hemlock (Conium maculatum)
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
Wild Sunflower (Helianthus annus L.)
Puncturevine (Tribulus terrestris)
Teasel (Dipsacus spp.)
Shattercane (Sorghum bicolor)
Buckhorn Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)

  1. That each owner and each person in the possession or control of any lands in Benton County infested with any of the following noxious weeds shall adopt a program of weed destruction described by the Weed Commissioner, which may be expected to destroy and will immediately keep under control such infestations of said noxious weeds.
    (a) Primary Noxious Weeds: Quackgrass, Perennial Sowthistle, Canada Thistle, Bull Thistle, Musk Thistle, European Morning Glory or Field Bindweed, Horsenettle, Leafy Spurge, Perennial Peppergrass, Russian Knapweed, Buckthorn, Tall Thistle and all other species of thistles belonging in general of Cirsium and Carduus, Palmer Amaranth. (b) Secondary Noxious Weeds: Butterprint, Cocklebur, Wild Mustard, Puncturevine, Teasel, Wild Carrot, Buckthorn Plantain, Sheep Sorrel, Sour Dock, Smooth Dock, Poison Hemlock, Wild Sunflower, Multiflora Rose and Shattercane.
    1. That if the owners or persons in possession or control of any land in Benton County fail to comply with the foregoing orders, the Weed Commissioner or his designee shall cause this to be done and the expense of said work, including costs of serving notice and other costs, if any, shall be assessed against the real estate.
    2. That the County Engineer is hereby directed to cause notice of the making and entering of the foregoing order by one publication in each of the official newspapers of the County.
      Dated this 18th day of April 2023.

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