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Awash in Amaranth
Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Thu Jun 19, 2014 02:48 PM CDT

KANKAKEE, ILL. (DTN) -- A sea of Illinois soybeans surrounds Aaron Hager, but he only has eyes for the waves of Palmer amaranth seedlings stretching before him.

"Southern growers call it the red tide," said Hager, a University of Illinois weed scientist. "Look across the field early in the season and you can see the swaths of red-tinted weed seedlings. It's something I hoped I'd never see in central Illinois."

But here it is and in volumes that resemble college students on a Florida beach during spring break. "I wouldn't even ask a grad student to count how many are ...

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