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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.

There is little question that growers, particularly Southeast cotton growers, need the new auxin-tolerant crops and herbicides hovering over the horizon as they continue their costly dance with herbicide-resistant weeds. Palmer amaranth pigweed has cost Georgia cotton producers alone $1 billion over the last decade, said Stanley Culpepper, a weed specialist with the University of Georgia Extension, at the Cotton Inc. 2014 Crop Management Seminar in Tifton, Ga., Nov. 12.

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