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Old July 7th, 2017, 02:05 PM
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Eastern Ontario is absolutely over run with wild parsnip. If you are not familiar with this weed it's a serious one if your skin comes in contact with it. The oils in the plant remove your skins natural UV protection so exposure to daylight results in serious burns, blistering, and open sores. It looks a lot like giant hog weed only a little shorter and yellow flowers instead of white but both plants have the same affect. Wild parsnip usually flourishes along road allowances or around the perimeter of hay fields but can also appear along trails and in wild meadows. Average height on my property seems to be about 4 feet but I have seen plants as high as 7. I spend time every July cutting off the plants at the ground while they are in flower and not yet gone to seed to try and control it anywhere visitors or myself may venture in shorts. Wondering if anyone is does battle against this plant and how long the oils in the plant are effective after being cut? I am guessing there would still be at least some reaction until the plant cutting is fully dried out? We have at least one long thread on SBI about poison ivy but this plant in my area is much more a problem.
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Old July 7th, 2017, 07:45 PM
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If it is similar to poison ivy, the oils remain long after the plant dries. I've never handled wild parsnip to know for sure.
With poison ivy I used to be allergic to it, but have gotten a degree of tolerance to it. However I used to get it even in the winter as I cut firewood that had some dried out vines on it.
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Old July 8th, 2017, 01:05 PM
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Wild Parsnip - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation
It's all over the place in NY too. The State has a Team that will come and remove it from your property at no cost. I have giant hogweed, always have but it has never effected anyone that's ever lived on the property.
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Yeah - we've got that crap now too. Add it to a biblical plague of eastern tent caterpillars; near flood levels in lakes, streams and ponds; a resurgence of Dutch Elm Disease; Butternut Canker; Emerald Ash Borer; etc... and I'm starting to think I need to build an ark soon!
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The oils are UV activated on the skin so if you do come in contact get out of the sun. Chemical warfare!
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The oils are UV activated on the skin so if you do come in contact get out of the sun. Chemical warfare!
That is correct but I have yet to test my resistance. Poison ivy does not affect me. I can use a string trimmer in shorts and sandals and not have a reaction later on but I also understand that can change without notice so I don't assume and take precautions. Two seasons of round up took care of the problem after many attempts at "ecologically friendly" ways. Parsnip on the other hand I have not tried out given the scares can last for up to two years.

Correct me if I am wrong but is it not an annual? My thinking was to cut it off at ground level once in flower to prevent it going to seed and spreading but many websites I visited say you must pull the root to get rid of it?
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The state crew that removes it here come in and dig the roots out.
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I was afraid of that. I guess I will have to start pulling it rather than cutting it of at ground.
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I'm curious why they don't herbacide it.
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