December 2, 2022

Weed & Pest

Hand County Weed and Pest Department

Randy Peck – Supervisor

1208 East 3rd Avenue

Miller, South Dakota 57362

605-853-3802 (Office)

605-204-0295 (Cellular)

[email protected]



State Noxious Weed & Pest List | South Dakota Department of Agriculture (


Absinth Wormwood Added to the Statewide Noxious Weed List

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Weed & Pest Control Commission added Absinth wormwood, also known as wormwood sage, to the statewide noxious weed list. Absinth wormwood is a minty fragranced perennial with heavy, fibrous roots that requires early spring or fall detection.

Landowners are now required to control Absinth wormwood on their property and should be prepared to control the noxious weed during the 2021 growing season. Effective control measures include herbicide treatment prior to the plant reaching 12 inches tall. In 2020, county weed and pest boards reported approximately 178,000 acres infested with Absinth wormwood in South Dakota.

Previously, Absinth wormwood was listed as a locally noxious weed in more than 40 counties. Adding it to the statewide noxious weed list allows for uniform control across the state. Absinth wormwood joins six other statewide noxious weeds including Canada thistle, hoary cress, leafy spurge, perennial sow thistle, purple loosestrife, and salt cedar.

In other action, the Commission removed Russian Knapweed from the statewide noxious weed list due its limited presence in South Dakota.

If you have any questions on noxious weed control, please visit or contact your local county weed supervisor or the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. [Source:  South Dakota State News Home (]

Posted February 27, 2020 / presented at the County Commission meeting on March 3, 2020.

Notice of Responsibility To Control Noxious Weeds and Declared Pests

Notice is Hereby Given this 3rd day of March 2020, pursuant to SDCL 38-22 as amended to all owners, occupants, agents and public officials in charge of lands in Hand County, South Dakota, that they are responsible for the suppression, control, and eradication of noxious weed and declared pest infestations that may exist on such lands.
Chemical, biological, and/or cultural control methods used for the suppression, control and eradication of noxious weed and declared pest infestations shall be those approved for such purposes by the Hand County Weed and Pest Supervisor, or the South Dakota State University Experiment Station.

Upon failure to observe this notice, the County Weed and Pest Board is required to proceed pursuant to the law and have the noxious weed or declared pests destroyed by such methods as they may find necessary, the expense of which shall constitute a lien and be entered as a tax against the land, and be collected as other real estate taxes are collected, or by other means as provided by law.

Plants and animals designated as being noxious weeds and declared pests in the State of South Dakota are Leafy Spurge, Perennial Sow Thistle, Russian Knapweed, Hoary Cress, Canada Thistle, Purple Loosestrife, Saltcedar (Tamarix ssp.), and Gypsy Moth.

In addition, Absinth wormwood, Musk Thistle, Plumeless Thistle, Scotch Thistle and yellow Toad Flax have been approved by the State Weed and Pest Control Commission, and are also subject to the same suppression, control and eradication requirements as the before mentioned plants and animals.

Notice is Hereby Given that upon establishing probable cause to believe a noxious weed or declared pest infestation exists upon any property in Hand County, a representative of the Hand County Weed and Pest Board will enter upon said property for the purpose of inspecting and confirming that such infestation actually exists.
Randy Peck, Weed Supervisor
Official publication and legal notice will appear in the Miller Press.


For Immediate Release: May 5, 2014

Media Contact: Jamie Crew, 605.773.4073

Pesticide Drift during Spraying Season

PIERRE, SD – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) would like to remind pesticide applicators of drift risk during this spraying season.

Applicators should prevent risk of drift to non-target areas or susceptible crops and should evaluate factors such as wind speed, wind direction, temperature, spray pressure, nozzle height and surrounding properties before they begin spraying a field.

Product labels give applicators information about safe handling, rates, personal protective equipment, labeled crops, susceptible crops, tank mixes, avoiding drift, weeds controlled and more.  Reading the label of a pesticide is one of the most important things an applicator can do to get a job done correctly and safely.

Although pesticide applicators are trained to apply pesticides safely and products are labeled with instructions to prevent drift, occasionally damage occurs. SDDA receives complaint calls on pesticide drift, damage and a variety of other related incidents.

When it is appropriate to file a complaint? Below are a few suggestions:

  • If damage has been done to the environment (trees, bushes etc.) or a non-target field because of spray drift
  • If you notice pesticide drift occurring while an applicator is spraying
  • A spill of over 25 gallons of liquid material or 500 lbs. dry material occurs

 A complaint must be filed within 30 days after the date the damage occurs. If a growing crop is allegedly damaged, the complaint must be filed before 25 percent of the crop has been harvested.

 For those who want to be proactive in preventing drift from happening, SDDA has developed the South Dakota Sensitive Sites Registry at This is an online mapping tool which can be used to help prevent adverse drift effects as a result of pesticide or fertilizer applications.

 The registry allows producers of crops such as vineyards and organic production areas that are sensitive to pesticides to register by entering their contact information, field data and crops grown. Apiary sites are automatically included on the site through the Apiary Program. Applicators can register their service areas too; this allows the applicator to be informed via email about whatever sensitive sites are in his/her service area, whether old or new.

 The Sensitive Sites Registry’s success depends on participation from both producers and applicators. Both are strongly encouraged to sign up. For more information, contact Nick Wuebben at 605.773.4032.

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