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WSSA Weed Watch: ‘Shape-Shifting’ Primrose Plant Plagues Communities in Coastal States

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Three water-loving species in the primrose family are now plaguing communities across the Pacific Northwest and Southern Atlantic — clogging lakes, ponds, canals, rice fields and sensitive wetlands.  The exotic invaders are Uruguaian primrose-willow (Ludwigia hexapetala), large-flowered primrose-willow (Ludwigia grandiflora) … more »

WSSA Pesticide Stewardship Series 11- Proper Disposal of Pesticides Extends Far Beyond the Container

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A farmer, a local lawn and garden supply store, and a department store chain were fined recently for pesticide disposal violations. In each of these cases, the pesticide product itself was disposed of improperly. “Regulations on proper pesticide disposal govern … more »

Upcoming Meeting to Focus on Management of Invasive Aquatic Weeds

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Scientists, professionals and policymakers interested in the management of aquatic weeds will gather next month for the Aquatic Plant Management Society (APMS) annual meeting. The Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) is among the exhibitors at the event, which is … more »

WSSA Pesticide Stewardship Series 10- The Applicator Must Ensure that Pesticide Spray Drift Does No Harm

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Recently, pesticide spray drift from different pesticide applications caused damage to field corn on a bordering farm, vegetables in an adjacent backyard, trees and bushes in a nearby state park and vegetation on an adjoining campus. In all cases, the applicators … more »

WSSA Spotlights the Contributions Made by Cooperative Extension Program

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The U.S. Cooperative Extension Program is approaching its 100-year anniversary – an important milestone for an organization that has helped to transform American agriculture since its founding in May 1914.  Through the years, extension agents have taught farmers how to … more »

WSSA Pesticide Stewardship Series 09- Preparation and Oversight are Vital When Storing a Pesticide

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A landscaping and irrigation company was recently fined for storing pesticides in the same area as combustible materials – a decision that could have led to an explosion and fire. “Improper pesticide storage can expose both individuals and the environment … more »

Battling Spurge: WSSA Offers Weed Control Tips for Nurseries and Homeowners

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Though the economy and housing market have begun to recover in the aftermath of the Great Recession, one unexpected impact still lingers.  Landscape nurseries that saw fewer plant sales during the downturn are now battling weeds entrenched in unsold containers … more »

WSSA Pesticide Stewardship Series 08- Employers Play a Central Role in Protecting Agricultural Workers and Pesticide Handlers

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An employer was fined recently after an inspection showed pesticide application information wasn’t posted at the job site, and an employee applied a pesticide without safety training or personal protective equipment (PPE). The posting, safety training and PPE are all … more »

WSSA Scientists Stress the Importance of Early Response to Invasive Weeds

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Over the past decade, dozens of “early detection, rapid response” initiatives have been launched by states to keep invasive species from devastating natural habitats and damaging our economy. Many of these programs use mobile apps and online databases to revolutionize … more »

WSSA Pesticide Stewardship Series 07- Always Be Diligent Concerning Personal Protective Equipment

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This month pesticide safety educators, health professionals and other experts from around the U.S. will explore how to motivate pesticide handlers to use best practices concerning personal protective equipment (PPE). The discussion is part of a Pesticide PPE Seminar Series … more »