Wild parsnip is a noxious weed that makes its home in many road ditches throughout Todd County. The county is spraying it, but the weeds must be left unmowed so the county can find them!

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Blistering or burns can occur due to exposure (touching) of wild parsnip.

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Wild parsnip is a noxious weed that makes its home in many road ditches throughout Todd County. The county is spraying it, but the weeds must be left unmowed so the county can find them!

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Wild parsnip—you can eat it, just don't touch it

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by Karin L. Nauber

karin@inhnews.com

The Todd County Public Works Department does a very fine job of keeping our roads clear and safe all year around. They keep our road ditches mowed and provide for a pleasant and safe drive around the county.

But you may have noticed recently that some ditches are not completely mowed in some areas.

Why is that, you may be asking?

Here’s why.

Because of a pretty yellow plant that is growing in several road ditches throughout the county. The plant is wild parsnip and while it may look pretty, don’t touch it or you are destined to have a miserable summer because of the skin burns and blisters that exposure to the skin will cause. . . .

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