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Weeds on Eve of Destructor

Two decades of research and development into destroying weed seed has taken a giant step forward with the release of a harvester integrated version of the Harrington seed destructor. more »

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Invasion of Giant Tumbleweeds Causes Clean-up Chaos in Wangaratta, Australia

Giant two-metre-high tumbleweeds have inundated a small community in Victoria’s north-east, creating havoc and blanketing homes, cars and driveways. more »

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Herbicide Diversity Trends in US Crops, 1990-2014

There are two things that I think just about every weed scientist can agree on: 1) herbicide resistant weeds make weed management more difficult; and 2) the key to battling herbicide resistant weeds (or any weeds, really) is to use … more »

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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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