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Ornamentals Gone Wild: Weed Scientists Recommend Smart Shopping When Selecting New Flowers and Shrubs

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Will that showy ornamental flower or shrub you purchased prove to be well behaved?  According to experts with the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA), it is important to be an informed shopper so you don’t end up with a … more »

Cotton Growers Still Searching for Viable Solutions in Battle against Herbicide Resistance

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For nearly a decade, cotton growers have been battling to save crops from the ravages of glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri).  Though in many ways they are finally gaining the upper hand, an expert with the Weed Science Society of … more »

From Tsunamis to Turf Wars: Hot Topics Take Center Stage at Annual Meetings of Weed Science Societies

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Upcoming annual meetings of the Weed Science Society of America and its sister scientific societies in the U.S. and Canada will tackle a wide range of topics – from invasive species spread by the 2011 tsunami in Japan to turf … more »

WSSA Weed Control Spotlight: Hydroacoustics Technology Makes Waves in Weed Control

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The same hydroacoustics technology used to navigate boats, track fish and hunt for sunken treasure is now making waves in weed control – shedding new light on the size and shape of plant beds lurking beneath the water. “It is … more »

National Stakeholder Team Creates Initiative to Strengthen U.S. Pesticide Safety Education

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The Weed Science Society of America today announced that the National Stakeholder Team for Pesticide Safety Education Program Funding has created a three-year initiative to enhance the education of pesticide applicators. The U.S. Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) has faced … more »

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 »