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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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Search is On for Zebra Mussels - Pelican Lake was designated as infested waters on July 2, when DNR divers found two zebra mussels. Obviously an early infestation, but if the reproducing population is not located and removed it will quickly turn into a huge problem.


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