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Bringing in the Weed Seeds
Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Thu Nov 7, 2013 04:56 PM CST

KEISER, Ark. (DTN) -- The Palmer amaranth (pigweed) plant stood a good 6 feet tall, despite its heavy seed load. This time of year, female pigweed plants appear Medusa-like -- each branch a twisted, ugly dread lock filled with seed. Each plant represents the potential of an estimated half-million to 1 million more plants next year if not controlled.

It's that vile seed that Jason Norsworthy wants to extract from the seedbank before it ever makes a deposit. It's why the University of Arkansas weed scientist put a chaff cart to work in an Arkansas soybean field this fall.

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