August 9, 2022
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Weed resistance becoming an issue

At a weed resistance conference in Washington last week, industry experts said a fast-spreading plague of “super weeds” are taking over farmland and will not be stopped easily; so it is up to farmers and government officials to change existing practices if food production is to be protected.

Weed resistance has spread to more than 12 million U.S. acres and primarily afflicts key agricultural areas in the Southeast and the corn and soybeans growing areas of the Midwest. Many of the worst weeds have becomes resistant to Roundup, as well as other common herbicides.

Harold Coble, an agronomist and weed scientist with the USDA, called the problems of weed resistance a “game changer.”

Source: Reuters

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