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Farmers Face Tough Choice on Ways to Fight New Strains of Weeds
Fifteen years ago genetically engineered crops hit the market much to the delight of farmers. These new Roundup-tolerant crops allowed farmers to simply spray the herbicide Roundup over their fields and everything died – except the corn, cotton, and soybeans.

Recently, farmers have realized that certain weeds weren’t dying anymore; in Georgia that plant is Palmer Amaranth, commonly called pigweed. This strain of pigweed has a genetic mutation that makes it resistant to Glyphosate the weed killing chemical in Roundup.

Farmers are now looking for alternate solutions to manage the weeds and a new batch of engineered crops that will be resistant to the herbicide needed to kill the pigweed will be available soon to the dismay of environmentalists.

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Curly Leaf Pondweed Harvesting Results - East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation harvested curly leaf pondweed for 3-1/2 weeks resulting in 963,000 pounds of aquatic vegetation removed. 80% of the harvested weeds will be ground up and mixed in a garden compost.


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