Farmers cautioned to look out for super weeds

2/16/2014 2:15 AM
By Associated Press

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Agriculture experts say Illinois farmers should be on the lookout for weeds that are resistant to the most popular herbicides.

The Rockford Register Star reports (http://bit.ly/1eBJium ) a dozen different weed varieties have become resistant to glyphosate, an active ingredient in the mostly commonly used farm and garden herbicides.

That includes two species from the pigweed family, which are particularly worrisome to Illinois corn and soybean farmers. The Palmer amaranth and common waterhemp are prolific. Some varieties can grow to be seven feet tall and produce 1 million seeds. The Palmer amaranth has been documented in northern Illinois' Grundy County and can lead to huge corn and soybean losses.

Aaron Hager is a University of Illinois weed scientist. He says farmers need to remain vigilant to keep the weeds at bay.

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Information from: Rockford Register Star, http://www.rrstar.com


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