CALDWELL -- Have you seen patches of blue and purple flowers growing near county roads, ditches, and other areas?

The Canyon County Weed Control Department wants people to be on alert for the Blue Mustard plants commonly seen in the area.

Authorities say the nonpoisonous flowering plant can grow up to 18 tall and resembles a thistle. It typically grows on ditch banks, right of ways, and other fringe areas.

Farmers say it can taint the tast of milk when dairy cows eat it.

Weed control experts advise folks to use broadleaf contact herbicide to destroy the plant.

Those who notice blue mustard on their properties are encouraged to mow it early or till the soil before it flowers in order to control the pesky plant.

Property managers can always call the weed control department at 459-0510 for advice.

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