Give a boy a burdock plant, and he’ll be irritated for a day. Teach a boy to kill said burdock plant, and he just may go on to be a provincial weed control specialist.
At least, that’s the path that Clark Brenzil, weed specialist for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, took.
In this episode of Agronomy Geeks, Brenzil shares not only that story, but also one in which he ends up in the miniature donkey collecting business. Of course, we can’t call it an agronomy show without also talking about plants, so you’ll hear some of Brenzil’s thoughts on integrated pest management (there’s even the word ‘sexy’ thrown around), herbicide carryover risks, and the amazing adaptability of weeds to withstand our Canadian winters.