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Weed Identification Garden helps control pesky plants

Weed ID Garden2 Assiniboine Community College

Manitoba Agriculture group honing their weed identification skills before launching a province wide weed survey. photo: Assiniboine Community College

Assiniboine Community College and the Manitoba Zero Tillage Research Association officially opened the MZTRA-ACC Weed Identification Garden on June 29, 2016.

For many years, there has not been a resource of this kind in Western Manitoba.

But thanks to a $57,000 gift from MZTRA, ACC staff members were able to establish a garden with more than 80 common weed species that are found in the province.

The weed identification garden will be used by students in horticulture, agriculture and environment programs.

It will also be available to agricultural and lawn and garden professionals as well as residents who have weeds they are trying to identify.

When managing a weed problem, the first step is to accurately identify the weed.

The garden gives people a chance to examine the plant in a variety of stages, from seedlings to mature specimens, which can be beneficial in leading to a proper identification.


June 30 marks the first day of weed identification training in the garden, starting with a group of Manitoba Agriculture employees.

They will be honing their identification skills before embarking on a province-wide weed survey.

It has been over thirteen years since the last Manitoba general weed survey, an undertaking that has occurred every decade since the 1970s.

The 2016 General Weed Survey will be conducted in nearly 650 fields.

It will provide information on the abundance and distribution of weed species across the province, including crop-specific data for wheat, barley, oats, corn, canola, flax, sunflowers and soybeans.

The survey will also help to identify new and emerging weed issues such as cleavers, biennial wormwood, and nightshade species.

The garden will be open to the public Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

It is located adjacent to the Sustainable Greenhouse on ACC’s North Hill Campus.

For more information, contact ACC’s School of Business, Agriculture & Environment at 204.725.8700 ext 6324, or email

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