County Tackling Scentless Chamomile

County Tackling Scentless Chamomile
Posted on 08/16/2017

Daisies are a major plague in the Peace Country and in Saddle Hills County.  The agriculture industry, in general, experiences lack of production and high treatment costs. 

Most weed seeds can be cleaned from seed crops, but are impossible to remove from  grass seeds.  Daisies can easily disrupt the agricultural economy, ruin the social value of parks and upset the natural balance of our ecosystems.

County Crews were out Monday in Bonanza helping a local farmer pull daisies from his crop.

Simon and Cheyanne

Scentless, Oxeye and Shasta daisies are invasive, but still promoted by the horticulture industry for gardens and flowerbeds.  This complicates the message of “Destroy Daisies”; our message is ‘proceed with caution.’  Shasta daisy originated from Ox-eye, is originally sterile, but can revert back to being fertile.


DanielleDaisy plants can be found on nursery shelves and in wildflower seed mixes.  Shasta daisy and Oxeye daisy can cross breed, resulting in an invasive hybrid that is difficult to distinguish from either parent.  Consumers should carefully read the contents of so-called ‘wildflower' seed mixes and avoid those containing invasive ornamentals. Healthy, fertilized grass pastures are resistant to invasion.

JD

Daisies in general

  • are not native
  • introduced from Europe
  • major contaminant to the fine seed industry
  • prolific seeders
  • seed is viable as soon as flower opens
  • up to 1.2 m. in height
  • several horticulture varieties
  • flower during June, July, August and September
  • undesirable in agriculture setting
  • collect roots and flowers into garbage bags and dispose of at the landfill or transfer station

 

Saddle Hills County and the Agricultural Service Board are working to elevate scentless chamomile to
Prohibited Noxious
Please help us keep the County daisy free!!
Pick~Bag~Toss

For more information or to report sightings contact the Agricultural Fieldman: 780-864-3760 or
email: earmagost@saddlehills.ab.ca



Destroy Daisies