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Page 22 Wednesday, June 13, 2012 The Adams County Record 3",'~~* BY DALE FISK We certainly had some interesting weather in the last week or two. Storm warnings came in for most of central Idaho. We got wind, rain and the biggest hailstones I think I've ever seen. One at my house measured about 5/8" across. Most were not that big, but were still larger than the average we get. Kathy Vogt sent us this recent photo she of a mammatus cloud formation. They are most often associated with severe thunderstorms. Mammatus clouds are also known as mammatocumulus took is derived from the Latin mamma (meaning "udder" or breast"), refers to a resemblance between the characteristic shape of these clouds and the breast of a woman. Kathy said, "This cloud form (meaning "mammary dissipates within minutes, cloud" or "breast cloud: but I got a pretty good It is a meteorological picture." term applied to a cellular There are several types pattern of pouches of mammatus clouds, and hanging underneath the as many theories as to base of a cloud. The name why and how they form. Not long ago the Myra Wyrna Weikal mentioned Poison Hemlock in her Garden Corner and we featured photos of the plant. State weed people are now sending out a warning about Hemlock, part of which follows. 'Poison Hemlock is a hazardous noxious weed that Idahoans absolutely should not take lightly. It can kill a horse or a cow within hours of them eating it. And there are documented cases where people have died from eating poison hemlock because they mistook the weed for some type of wild parsley, dill or fennel. Poison Hemlock roots can be mistaken for parsnips, its leaves for parsley or fennel and its roots and seeds for wild carrots or anise" said Roger Batt, statewide coordinator for the Idaho Weed Awareness Campaign. Poison Hemlock typically grows in riparian - areas, stream banks, canals and ditch banks and- pastures. Pictures and information about Poison Hemlock and what to do to control and eradicate it are available at , the Idaho Weed Awareness Campaign's website at: www. It's important for property owners to get involved in dealing with poison hemlock and other noxious weeds because Idaho law requires them to control noxious weeds on their lands. If you, as a landowner Poison hemlock is a dangerous noxious weed that grows up to 12 foot tall and is the most toxic of Idaho's 64 listed noxious weeds. All parts of this plant are poisonous to livestock and human. or recreationalist, are uncertain about whether you have Poison Hemlock growing on your property, or are in need of technical expertise to identify and eradicate this toxic noxious weed, please contact your county weed superintendent's office or look in the yellow pages for a private weed control application company," Butt added. Poison Hemlock grows 3-6 feet tall with a smooth green stem, usually spotted or streaked with red or purple Spots. The leaves are finely divided and lacy, resembling a "carrot-like" leaf. The weed has flowers that are small, white and clustered and resemble the spokes of an umbrella. The Poison Hemlock root is fleshy and white. When crushed, Poison Hemlock's leaves and roots emit a rank, unpleasant odor often compared to that of a mouse or parsnip. Though highly toxic, Poison Hemlock is very easy to control and eradicate with hand pulling and the use of broadleaf herbicide treatments. Always. wear rubber gloves and protective clothing/gear when pulling this weed and place the plant into a plastic bag and dispose of it into a trash receptacle. When using an herbicide to control and eradicate Poison Hemlock, officials say to use an approved registered herbicide and always follow the label and safety instructions on that label. For more information about Poison Hemlock and the best ways to eradicate and control it, log on to the Idaho Weed Awareness Campaign's website at www. idahoweedawareness. com and click Weed Control" and then "Poison Hemlock."