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Weeds as Soil Indicators

The types of weeds growing in your garden are not always completely bad. Weeds act as soil indicators, letting you know what type of soil you have when they grow in your garden. more »

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Barnyard Grasses Were Processed with Rice Around 10000 Years Ago

Rice (Oryza sativa) is regarded as the only grass that was selected for cultivation and eventual domestication in the Yangtze basin of China. Although both macro-fossils and more »

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2015 Lessons Will Affect Next Year’s Weed Management

Even with all the time and resources that were expended to control weeds in 2015, weeds will once again be a foe in Midwestern fields in 2016, said University of Illinois weed scientist more »

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Common Weed Revealed to Diminish Water Pollution

The plant Typha domingensis can be used in reducing bacterial contamination of water for agricultural use, scientists report. This plant helps to reduce, up to 98 percent, pollution by more »

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Weeds: what we know and don’t know about them

We all think we know about weeds. We spray them to kill them and keep them out of our manicured lawns and garden beds. But did you know weeds are also an indicator of problems in your lawn? more »

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Pigweed is the ‘satan’ of resistant weeds

There are many herbicide-resistant weeds — and then there is Palmer amaranth pigweed. As weed scientist Aaron Hager says, “Palmer is best described as Satan.” Able to spurt 8 inches more »

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Researchers Use Pigs to Root Out Problem Weeds

Back before chemical pesticides and herbicides, farmers had to come up with ways to kill the weeds that took over their fields. One method used “back in the day” was letting pigs loose in fields that were not being used for crops for a season and allowing the pigs to do what they do naturally: dig up the roots of weeds and fertilize the land. more »

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Herbicides Not Always to Blame for Crop Damage

More often than not, my troubleshooting calls begin with the phrase, “Something is wrong with my crop. I think I have some type of herbicide damage!” All herbicides have the potential more »

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‘Superweeds’ – Common Fallacies and an Interesting Study

When the non-farm press call for an interview it is always interesting. The first thing they typically want to discuss is “superweeds.” There is a definition of superweeds in the Oxford online Dictionary more »

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Back to the Future Weed Control Strategies Combine Old and New Technology

Cotton farmers face an uphill battle this year as they develop weed control programs that take care of what many expect to be a banner year for glyphosate resistant weeds, especially pigweeds. more »

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