Noxious Weed Declaration

Res #: 6-23M
Number: 6
Year: 2023
Midterm: Yes
Expired: No
Responses Received: Yes
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

WHEREAS the weed Curly Dock, which is not native to Saskatchewan, but is native to Eurasia, is invading Saskatchewan roadsides, hay fields, and grazing areas, and is causing a decrease in both grazing areas and viable feed for livestock.

WHEREAS Curly Dock contains no nutritional value to livestock but does contain high amounts of oxalates and nitrates in the leaves and stems which can pose a risk to livestock and be potentially fatal.

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the provincial government to have Curly Dock listed as a noxious weed under The Weed Control Act.

Responses From: Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

December 5, 2023

Curled Dock (Rumex Crispus) is widespread across Saskatchewan and is qualified to be designated a Noxious or Nuisance Weed under The Weed Control Act. Designation as a Noxious Weed will allow a municipality to contain and control established populations of the species and to eradicate isolated populations of the weed. Designation as a Nuisance Weed will allow a municipality to respond to complaints about the species. The Minister’s Order Designating Prohibited, Noxious and Nuisance Weeds is currently under review and is planned to be updated in time for use in 2024. The ministry will include Curled Dock in the review for consideration as a Noxious Weed.

The Honourable David Marit – Minister of Agriculture, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture