Known by the name tumbleweed, it’s been romanticized in story and song. And when it’s called summer-cypress, it sounds downright exotic. No matter what you call it, the weed kochia cuts into crop yields and farmers’ profits. And it’s become harder to control.
With roots that grow deep into the soil – as much as 16 feet during drought – the kochia plant (Kochia scoparia) can grow up to 7 feet tall, with thousands of small, individual flowers. And it saps much-needed moisture from crop land across the High Plains.
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