Eyes Peeled For Palmer
Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Tue May 27, 2014 12:21 PM CDT

DECATUR, Ill. (DTN) -- Weed scientists across the Midwest are calling on farmers to keep eyes peeled this spring for an aggressive pigweed species called Palmer amaranth. "We're finding seedlings and they are growing fast," said Aaron Hager, University of Illinois weed scientist. "Knowing if you have the weed and being proactive before it goes to seed is the best defense against Palmer."

Last year Illinois reported 27 counties with confirmed Palmer amaranth infestations. Glyphosate resistant Palmer amaranth was found in 12 of those counties. "I'm confident it is more widespread than that. Those are just the cases we know ...

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