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  • Weed and Pest reflects on special management projects

    Andrew Litzel|Nov 25, 2021

    The special management program for leafy spurge was carried out somewhat as normal this year, though it was moderately impacted by the drought. This extreme weather resulted with treatments that were very slow to kill all weeds this year, including leafy spurge. However, the biggest change coming in the program is how the district will be handling hiring contractors for leafy spurge treatments. In the past, landowners could choose to hire a contract weed sprayer to treat their leafy spurge – after completion of work and payment to applicator, t...

  • Weed and Pest reflects on a busy year

    Andrew Litzel|Nov 18, 2021

    Crook County Weed and Pest had another productive 2021 and has been successfully carrying out our programs over the course of the seasons as best as possible. The district dealt with many of the same issues all landowners and business owners dealt with in the area, especially the severe drought, which had an impact on many aspects of our programs. Wyoming statutes require the district board to hold a tour to annually evaluate programs. The board tour this year will be a mixture of an actual field tour to a prairie dog treatment site and a...

  • Crook County Weed and Pest Monthly Update

    Andrew Litzel|Jun 6, 2019

    With the continued cold weather and abundance of moisture in all forms, spring operations have been slow to start. Most weeds and other plants are several weeks behind usual emergence times, and wet muddy ground makes control even more difficult. However, the weather has given us time to get fully prepared and excited to start getting some weeds killed. An educational meeting was held by Wyoming Tree Farm intended for education regarding weed control practices. The meeting was held in cooperation with State Forestry, Crook County Natural...

  • This Month at the Weed and Pest

    Andrew Litzel|Mar 7, 2019

    With the continued frigid weather, customer traffic at the office has remained slow, but activities are still occurring. Despite the cold, building repairs are finally underway from the hail storm last spring. Plowing snow has become a common occurrence, and room is running out for places to pile it. Much like people in the area are choosing (or wishing) to stay inside during this cold weather, the prairie dogs are staying warm down in their burrows. Due to this, poisoning has remained difficult because identifying active holes (or seeing holes...

  • This Month at the Weed and Pest

    Andrew Litzel|Feb 21, 2019

    With the cold weather and snow pack, customers in the office have been few and far between, but plenty of work has been occurring. Crook County Weed and Pest started the month by welcoming two new board members at our monthly board meeting. Vance Steedley and Wade Dennis were appointed by the Crook County Commissioners to fill two expired terms on the board. They both bring great new knowledge and ideas, and we are pleased to have both of them representing the county. The treatment window for using Rozol to poison prairie dogs is rapidly...

  • Crook County Weed and Pest – 2018 Report

    Andrew Litzel, Crook County Weed and Pest District Supervisor|Jan 17, 2019

    The past year at the Crook County Weed and Pest was productive and eventful. We had many obstacles and new challenges to overcome, but overall a very successful year of weed and pest control. Prairie Dogs: A very snowy winter season from January to March made prairie dog control challenging for local landowners. We had plenty of snow and cold weather late into spring, keeping the prairie dogs down in their holes. This made poisoning during the labeled season (October 1 to March 15) difficult....

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