2021 Leafy Spurge Task Force Tour And Conference Aug. 31-Sept. 1

2021 Leafy Spurge Task Force Tour And Conference Aug. 31-Sept. 1
Leafy spurge is a non-native perennial forb. Photo credit Gary Stone.

BROKEN BOW— The 2021 Leafy Spurge Task Force Tour and Conference is coming up August 31-September 1 at the One Box Convention Center in Broken Bow. The two-day event will include a tour, dinner, and presentations regarding noxious weeds.

Tour highlights include seeing leafy spurge, common teasel and purple loosestrife, as well as other noxious and invasive species. This is a great opportunity to see problematic weeds growing, ask questions about control, and network with other landowners and weed professionals. Trotter’s Inc. is sponsoring the steak dinner and Cowboy Poet R.P. Smith will provide the entertainment.

The conference will include several presentations. One topic of interest is Canada thistle rust, a new biological control method being implemented in Nebraska. Participants will be informed about the process of establishing the spores and setting up infection sites in your county. There will be spores available for some participants to obtain at the conference.

Flood damage in 2019 and COVID-19 in 2020 caused the tour and conference to be canceled. Multiple partners have worked together to bring this program back including the Leafy Spurge Task Force, Custer County Weed Control, the Nebraska Weed Control Association, and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.

The $50 registration fee covers the tour, dinner, and conference. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Cobblestone Hotel and Suites for those traveling. To register for the event, contact Scott Erthum at 402-760-0093 or [email protected]. You can also contact Custer County Weed Superintendent Tim Conover at 308-872-2410 or 402-740-0060.