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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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Producing Rubber from Prickly Lettuce

Prickly lettuce, a common weed that has long vexed farmers, has potential as a new cash crop providing raw material for rubber production, according to Washington State University scientists. more »

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Conservation Tillage Systems Threatened by Herbicide-Resistant Weeds

Southeastern growers know all too well the path of destruction left by glyphosate-resistant weeds. Now this scourge of farmers everywhere is threatening the advancement of conservation tillage. more »

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Invasive Plants Taking Over the U.S.

Invasive plants are conquering the United States. The first comprehensive assessment for the continental United States has found that nonnative plants are more widely distributed than native plants are. And humans are largely to blame. more »

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Crops Can Do Their Own Weed Control

Weeds would have a tough time competing against crops such as corn, grains and beans if farmers were to alter their sowing patterns, experts say. “Our results demonstrate that weed control in fields is aided by abandoning traditional seed sowing … more »

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