Meade County Noxious Weed Dept.
The Meade County Weed Department administers the Kansas Noxious Weed Law (KSA 2-1314) in Meade County. We treat all noxious weeds found on county property and contract with Kansas Department of Transportation, railroads, townships, and individuals to treat noxious weeds. We also share the cost of herbicides required by landowners and operators in the county to treat noxious weeds on their property.
We also offer prairie dog control with a cost share on chemicals. Please contact us for more information on this or any of our services.
Director Since 1980, county employee since 1973.
|Brad Friesen has been with the department
|Vernon Ross since 2003
PO Box 687
Meade, KS 67864-0687
Common Noxious Weeds in Meade County:
Field Bindweed is a perennial broad leaved plant that spreads over the soil and other structures, and often forms mats. Leaves alternate along the stem. Leaf size and shape vary; typically leaves are up to two inches long and egg to arrow shaped. Flowers are typically white, but may be light pink. The flowering stage is when most field bindweed is noticed.
Johnson Grass is an upright perennial grass, reproduced by rhizomes and seeds. It is well adapted to compete with crop plants. Stems reach up to six to eight feet high or more, from a freely branching fibrous root system, which produces extensive rhizomes with six weeks of germination. Leaves alternate and are simple, relatively wide and long.
Bur Ragweed is a deep rooted native perennial especially adapted to low places where moisture collects, but will spread to other areas. Stems are erect and branched reaching two feet in height. The stem and leaves are covered with a dense mat of fine white hairs, which give it a greenish-gray appearance. Roots have been know to go down 15 feet or more.
Canada Thistle is a colony-forming perennial. It is most often found in cultivated fields, pastures and waste places. A mature plant is 2 to 5 feet tall, branching at the top. The leaves are 4 to 8 inches long, usually dark green with spiny serrated edges. Buds are pea size, flower are 3/4 of an inch or less in diameter and purple to rose in color.
The leaves of musk thistle are deeply lobed (segmented), hairless and are dark green with a light green mid-rib. A silver-gray leaf margin is characteristic of each spine tipped lobe. The leaf base extends down the stem to give the plant a winged appearance. Flowering begins in mid-May and continues through early July. Each head consists of many tightly packed rose to purple colored flowers encased in a series of spine-tipped, green bracts.
Sericea Lespedeza is a perennial with erect stems up to 5 ft. tall and small hairs laying flat along the ridges on the stem. The leaves, with 3 leaflets, are less than 1 inch to 1-1/2 inches long and 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide iwth the larger leaflets on the lower portion of the stem. The leaves are flattened on the outer end with small flat hairs on the lower surface. Flowering occurs from mid or late July to October and may be tinged with purple but always dry to yellow.
Kansas Noxious Weed Law
Noxious Weed Control Program
County Weed Directors Association of Kansas
National Invasive Species Information Center
Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses