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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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New Herbicide Technologies Still Require Proven Cultural Practices

Growers have been chomping at the bit for something to tame herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth, or pigweed, marestail and other worrisome weeds. The technology is finally within reach. The new Xtend Flex with dicamba-resistance trait from Monsanto is expected to be available more »

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The Goats Fighting America’s Plant Invasion

Each country has its own invasive species and rampant plants with a tendency to grow out of control. In most, the techniques for dealing with them are similar – a mixture of powerful more »

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Tough weed: Reward versus risk of new auxin seeds, herbicides on the farm

Soon farmers will face the issue of risk versus reward when it comes to the newly formulated auxin herbicides and the crops tolerant to them as the technologies get closer to being commercially available more »

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Dawn of Farming Sparked Speed-Evolution in Weeds

IT DIDN’T take long. Just a few thousand years after humans began to domesticate crops, a wide variety of weeds had adapted to exploit the new farmlands – with some species seeming to have evolved, like crops, to be completely dependent on cultivated land. more »

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Good Bye Tumbleweeds: USDA Launches Extinction Plan

They may be symbols of the Old West, as familiar as cactus and rattlesnakes as images of western wastelands, but tumbleweeds are targeted for extinction by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. more »

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