Wild Parsnip Spreading in Ontario

Weeds cause grief in many ways — stealing yield, water and nutrients, or complicating harvest by staying green or staining the crop. But some weed species are much nastier than others (who hasn’t been stung by stinging nettle?), and a few problem species are spreading in places like Ontario, B.C and Manitoba.

Far worse than a bee-sting-like-bite from a nettle, wild parsnip has recently injured several children, sometimes severely, in Ontario, and more than a few farmers have had eye and skin irritations and even burns following ditch mowing.

Read More: Identifying wild parsnip vs. other similar weed species

While the weed is getting major attention in the Ottawa Valley right now, it is actually found in every province, says eastern Ontario independent agronomist Gilles Quesnel. Quesnel has been active on social media alerting farmers to the dangers of this weed, how to avoid injury and how to slow its spread. Follow @GillesQuesnel on Twitter for more updates. .

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