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Palmer Amaranth

Farmers and land managers planting seed mixes for conservation should beware Palmer amaranth, an aggressive invasive weed. Anyone packing and …

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ARLINGTON, Wis. – Two particularly worrisome members of the pigweed family continue to spread in Wisconsin farm fields – waterhemp and Palmer amaranth.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is actively working to ensure that the efforts to eradicate Palmer amaranth from the state have been successful. So far, it is looking promising.

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. – Upon seeing Palmer amaranth for the first time, the English fairytale “Jack and the Beanstalk” popped into my mind. But the battle farmers in the southern states are now waging against this weed, which is a member of the pigweed family, isn’t a fairytale, but rather a severe and growing problem. The one positive thing is the plant doesn’t reach to the upper limits of the sky, like it does in the fairytale, but its height can easily overshadow a mature corn field.

During the last few days Nebraska has been the place to view two unforgettable sights. I just finished watching scenes from the total eclipse of the sun from Alliance, Neb., on the television. It was a time when a bright, sunny day was plunged into almost total darkness. While truly an experience you will always remember, in about two minutes the sun started to reappear and everything returned to normal.

During the last few days Nebraska has been the place to view two unforgettable sights. I just finished watching scenes from the total eclipse of the sun from Alliance, Neb., on the television. It was a time when a bright, sunny day was plunged into almost total darkness. While truly an experience you will always remember, in about two minutes the sun started to reappear and everything returned to normal.

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