In 2018, the Fillmore County Highway Department and Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) have been working together on making a no spray policy to reduce the costs of noxious weed spraying in the roadside ditches of Fillmore County highways. For landowners/renters who own land along a county highway(s) and want to get a “No Spray” request form please contact Fillmore County Highway Department or Fillmore SWCD. By signing a “No Spray” request form, landowners/renters agree to control and/or remove the noxious weeds and brush within the “No Spray Zone” signs. This is an annual contract and the deadline for this is August 1, 2018. If Fillmore County Highway Department or Fillmore SWCD does not receive a “No Spray” request form by August 1, it will be assumed it is okay to spray the noxious weeds and brush within the roadside ditch. For the spring of 2019, a reminder will be sent out for the “No Spray” request form to reapply for the 2019 year. The 2019 registration deadline will be March 31, 2019.
Fillmore County Highway Department will have signs available for purchase at their office. The signs will then be the property owner’s responsibility to install and maintain at the proper location. Signs shall be placed at the beginning and end of the “No Spray Zone” with the blank side of the sign facing the “No Spray Zone.” Fillmore County plans to spray in the fall of the year, which is found to be the most effective. Please contact the Fillmore County Highway Department if you wish to know the fall spraying schedule.
The purpose of this policy is to provide a standard for the maintenance of noxious weeds in roadside ditches of county highways. The Minnesota Noxious Weed Law requires the elimination of noxious weeds and brush on land under the jurisdiction of Fillmore County (Minnesota State Statutes, Sections 18.75 to 18.91 and Minnesota Rules, Chapter 1505). Fillmore County Highway Department is responsible for the maintenance of noxious weed control in the county roadside ditches. To effectively control the spread of noxious weeds and brush in county roadside ditches, Fillmore County Highway Department or a designated contractor will apply appropriate chemicals directly to the noxious weeds in the fall of the year as well as mow the first swath of the roadside ditches adjacent to the roadway as a safety precaution throughout the year. Fillmore County does not oppose the haying or mowing of the county road ditch as it is another way to combat noxious weeds.
For a list of noxious weeds visit www.mda.state.mn.us/weedcontrol.