A new weed identification website is now available from the University of Missouri Weed Science program at http://weedid.missouri.edu.

This Web site contains about 350 different plant species that could be encountered as a weed of field and horticultural crops, pastures, lawns, gardens, non-crop, or aquatic areas in Missouri and surrounding states.

One of the newest features of the Web site is a keying system that allows users to identify an unknown plant after they have selected the appropriate characteristics from a series of drop-down boxes. Simply select grass or broadleaf weed from the home menu and give this keying system a try for yourself.

Or, if a user has some idea as to what weed species it might be, they can type all or part of the common or scientific name into the appropriate text box and the database will narrow down the possibilities.

Comments and questions pertaining to the site can be sent directly via e-mail to Kevin Bradley at bradleyke@missouri.edu.