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Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter
Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:19 AM CST

ST. LOUIS (DTN) -- The weed alert that popped into my inbox last week hit a personal note for me.

Farmers often struggle with (and I write about) weeds such as Palmer amaranth, marestail and kochia that grow far beyond my backyard experience. Burcucumber, however, is a familiar enemy.

In the summer of 2014, the clever look-a-like weed invaded my 15-by-15 garden patch in eastern Kansas and grew sneakily alongside my hard-working cucumber plants, undetected by this novice gardener.

It mooched nutrients and water for two months, until it dawned on me that I was tending a pretender. Like the ...

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