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Edible Weeds: Gardeners Forage in Their Backyards for Food

Most gardeners pull out weeds without giving them a second thought, but it turns out that you could be eating some of them. more »

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What is in Your Toolbox for Weeds?

Spring is here especially in the valleys. I manage 4.5 acres at our Mesa County Extension office and the weeds are off to the races for growing. So how do we manage weeds? more »

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Weed Seeds in Soybeans Sent to China

Source credit: www.aphis.usda.gov The Need for a Systems Approach In 2016, China put in place a new grain import law to keep invasive weeds and other plant pests from entering their country. In 2017, they informed USDA that U.S. grain … more »

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Nigeria Declares Weeds as Major Productivity Drawback in Cassava Farming

Commissioners of agriculture in Nigeria’s cassava growing belt have decried the weeds menace which they blamed for low yields in cassava and the main constraint limiting the competitiveness of cassava farmers in the country. more »

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Scientists Suggest Way to Predict the Behavior of Invasive Weeds

Is it possible to predict which nonnative plant species will become invasive weeds and when? According to research featured in the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management, the answer is “hopefully yes.” more »

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Farmers Trained on Herbicide After Crop Damage

Tens of thousands of soybean and cotton farmers across the country are taking free but mandatory training in how to properly use a weed killer blamed for drifting and damaging crops in neighboring fields. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency required more »

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Dicamba Debate Lingers in Arkansas Courts

The fight over Arkansas’ effort to ban an herbicide that farmers say has drifted onto crops where it wasn’t applied, causing widespread damage, is far from over, with attention now shifting to a manufacturer’s lawsuit. more »

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Robotic Weeders: To a Farm Near You?

The growing popularity of robotic weeders for specialty crops has grown partly out of necessity, says Steven Fennimore, an extension specialist at the University of California, Davis. Specialty crops are vegetables like lettuce, broccoli, tomatoes, and onions. more »

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5 Tips to Limit Off-Target Dicamba Movement

Source credit: Westernfarmpress.com Farmers and the agriculture industry can’t stand another year like 2017 in terms of off-target movement of herbicides, especially dicamba products, Bill Johnson says. The Purdue Extension weed control specialist contributed information about limiting off-site movement in … more »

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Why Europe is Literally Stuck in the Weeds

Glyphosate, the ubiquitous herbicide, may not really be poison, but it could well be the most politicized substance in Europe. In recent days, a glyphosate controversy has revealed much about the continent’s decision-making processes. more »

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