The Butler County Noxious Weed Department administers the Kansas Noxious Weed Law (KSA 2-1314) in Butler County. The Noxious Weed Department treats all noxious weeds found on county property and contracts with the Kansas Department of Transportation, railroads, townships, and individuals to treat noxious weeds. We also share the cost of herbicides required by landowners and operators in the county to treat noxious weeds on their property. We also recommend the use of cultural controls that do not require herbicides. The Noxious Weed Department inspects property throughout the county for noxious weed out breaks.
The increased grain production from controlling Bindweed and Johnsongrass is estimated to be worth $1.2 to $1.5 million dollars annually. The benefit of controlling Musk Thistle and Sericea Lespedeza in native grasslands is increased grass production and higher stocking rates.
The county’s investment in noxious weed control produces approximately $4 million additional income for area farmers. If the benefits to the livestock industry are considered, it generates an additional $10 million to the county economy.