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Early Detection & Rapid Response
It seems that weeds are a constant battle for many of us. It's a fact, many weeds are tough to control and can be expensive too. However, many people unwittingly cause themselves more trouble and expense than they should. The Uintah County Weed Department uses a method called EDRR, or Early Detection, Rapid Response to control many problem weeds. The idea is to identify and control small, newly established weed patches before they get well established and out of control. By so doing, the land manager can then control, and possibly eradicate these small weed patches thus saving lots of time, money and other resources.

The Weed Department recognizes that there are many landowners who have small noxious weed infestations on their land that, too often, get ignored until the infestation spreads to a significant size. They “don't have time,” or “it's too expensive,” or “it doesn't do any good anyway,” are common excuses. When a weed patch is allowed to expand over 1/4 acre in size it is often very expensive, very time consuming, and is difficult to control much less eradicate.

Weeds such as perennial pepperweed (whitetop), hoary cress (small whitetop), Canada thistle, musk thistle and Russian knapweed may be wide spread in Uintah County, but where landowners may only have small infestations on their properties, these and other weeds can be effectively controlled by applying the EDRR strategy.

  • Survey your land regularly for noxious weeds
  • Make an inventory of your weeds. If possible, map them with a GPS or at least draw it on a piece of paper
  • Don't ignore small weed patches, these are the easiest and cheapest ones to control
  • Use the proper herbicides with a good surfactant at the proper rate and time
  • Continually monitor your property to ensure that any new weed infestations are discovered, documented, and controlled early
  • Never let a season go by without controlling each patch until they are wiped out

The Weed Department has had excellent results on many noxious weed species by applying consistent annual pressure to smaller patches. The EDRR strategy, when applied correctly, will ultimately save time and resources and decrease the size and density of noxious weed patches throughout our wonderful County.

For more information, contact the Uintah County Weed Department at 789-1073. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

PHOTOS: This dyer's woad (below left), near Steinaker Dam, is a prime example of an EDRR weed patch that won't cost too much time or money to control. If ignored for a few years it may become an impossible problem like this Cache Valley patch (below right).
Dyer's woad near Steinaker Dam in Uintah County. Dyer's woad that is out of control in Cache Valley, Utah.

For more information on controlling these and other noxious weeds continue browsing this site or call (435) 789-1073 .