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Bag O’ Woad, War on Weeds

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Morgan Conservation District to host the annual Bag O’ Woad program in May. 

Dyer’s woad is a non-palatable, aggressive weed that produces chemicals which inhibit growth of beneficial plants. It has established itself across thousands of acres of western rangeland where the Bureau of Land Management estimates that it has reduced grazing by 38% since 1985. It is now widespread in Morgan County, as well as in twenty four other counties of the state.  

Bag O’ Woad is a program designed to educate residents about the seriousness of dyer’s woad and other noxious and invasive weeds, and to rally community support for noxious weed control efforts in the county. There are three parts to the program: picking up an official program bag(s); bagging the woad; and collecting the bounty. Morgan County youth, ages 6 through 18, are invited to earn a $10 bounty for each 40 pound bag of dyer’s woad collected. 

Picking up Your Bag and Program Registration:

Morgan County youth must first obtain official program bags to participate. Bags are available at the Morgan County Road Shop on 380 North Industrial Road Tuesday, May 1, 8 and 15 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Each participant is allowed two of a limited number of official program bags, distributed on a first come first serve basis.

Bagging Your Woad:

All dyer’s woad must be collected within Morgan County, filling the official bag with 40 pounds of dyer’s woad. A minimum of a two inch root is required on all plants. Keep in mind that the wetter the soil, the easier the plants are to pull or dig. WEAR GLOVES – the weed’s sap can be an irritant.

Collecting your Bounty:

Bring filled bags to the Morgan County Road Shop to collect the bounty.  Bag collection begins on Tuesday, May 8 and again on Tuesday, May 15 and 22 between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Only official program bags will be accepted. The signature of the youth and a responsible adult is required at the time payment is made. 

To learn more about this program or Morgan County Noxious Weeds contact the Morgan Conservation District at 801-440-1869 or email lcox@utah.gov

The program receives support from the Morgan Conservation District, Morgan County, Farm Bureau, Jay and Wess Wardell Fur Farm, 1st Bank, J Reverse J Cattle Company, Diamond D Ranch, and Geneva Rock.

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