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Started 5 years, 3 months ago by mike marmerLatest reply from RDaryl Daryl 2 years, 3 months ago
Will there be wild parsnip in the corn fields? Is it easy to recognize?
I sure don’t want to touch any, especially not with my privates!
The corn rows themselves are usually very clean, and the corn stalks are earily similar (spelling and, therefore, pun intended). These are the hallmarks of modern industrial-scale techniques. Watch the edges of the fields, though. That’s where the weeds are allowed to grow. Often, there will be a well-worn path into the corn. Use that…but (ahem) watch your step. A well-worn path means a well-used corn privy.
Regarding wild parsnip: I have run into it a couple of times in my own yard. It’s pretty easy to spot once you know what it looks like.
I am local and I have never heard anybody even discussing these, so not a problem.
it will be in the ditches, stich to the field access drives and away from the plants with flat yellow flowering heads.
Wild parsnip and poison hemlock typically inhabit roadsides, pastures, field edges, or natural areas. Poison hemlock prefers moist conditions along streams and low-lying areas. Wild parsnip favors calcareous soils and sunny areas. Both are adaptable to different environments and can be found throughout most of the United States and Canada. They produce a large amount of seed, which contributes to their persistence and spread. Poison hemlock is listed as a secondary noxious weed in Iowa.
Friendly reminder that this plant still exists
Search “Parsnip” on the RAGBRAI website to see the 7/5/16 Blog Post with photos of this plant
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