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Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Fri May 15, 2015 11:39 AM CDT

OWENSBORO, Kentucky (DTN) -- There's nothing mellow about those weeds now painting unplanted fields a vibrant yellow. Butterweed -- more officially known as cressleaf groundsel -- contains compounds that have poisonous properties.

I found unplanted fields awash in the stuff during a recent trip to parts of southern Illinois, southwestern Indiana and along the Kentucky side of the Ohio River.

The history books tell us Owensboro, Kentucky, was originally called Yellow Banks. Perhaps those early settlers were met with the same stunning display of butterweed that I found? Native to the U.S., butterweed can be found from Texas east to ...

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