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Recent pigweed escapes are troubling

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• By Tom Barber • Over the last couple weeks I have had several conversations with consultants and growers about pigweed control. Many are concerned with the levels of postemergence control they are seeing in all technologies but especially with glufosinate or Liberty. I have received several pictures of pigweed escapes following two or three Liberty applications in Northeast Arkansas. ... Read More »

Clemson geneticists unravel key to pigweed’s glyphosate resistance

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Just hearing “pigweed” can cause fear in cotton and soybean farmers, but a Clemson University geneticist and others believe they have discovered the armor this dreaded weed uses to protect itself against the herbicide glyphosate. The researchers have determined a specific genetic feature, the extrachromosomal circular DNA (eccDNA) replicon, gives Palmer pigweed, or Palmer amaranth, its resistance to glyphosate and ... Read More »

BASF launches weed ‘eradication’ initiative

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• By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor • BASF recently launched an industrywide initiative – “Operation Weed Eradication” – that challenges growers and others within agriculture to take a zero-tolerance approach to ridding fields of devastating weeds. “As an industry, we’ve talked about managing weeds. We need to switch that up to eradicating those weeds in the field,” Scott Kay, vice ... Read More »

Pre-Season Planning Pays Off

Jack Royal Royal Agricultural Consulting Co., Inc. Leary, Ga. The 2012 crop is now behind us. We had great corn yields, super peanut yields (Georgia may have set a new record for pounds per acre.), and cotton yields turned out much better than we had first thought. The August rains, which caused boll rot, were followed by a warm September ... Read More »