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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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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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