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  • Biological control of weeds via their own aromas

    Plant experts in the Netherlands can still become enthusiastic about a special variety of broomrape. Farmers in southern countries, however, are less impressed because broomrape and its ‘sister’ striga are considered a harmful weed in these regions. Research in the Laboratory of Plant Physiology of Wageningen University shows how useful insects that can control this weed may lend a ...

  • USDA Announces Measures to Help Farmers Diversify Weed Control Efforts

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced several steps that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking to address the increase of herbicide resistant weeds in U.S. agricultural systems. "Weed control in major crops is almost entirely accomplished with herbicides today," said Vilsack. "USDA, working in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency, must continue to ...

  • Weed Science Society of America Says Flooding Along Our Nation’s Rivers Worsened by Invasive Weeds

    This year flooding has ravaged thousands of homes and businesses in communities across the U.S. And scientists say the prevalence of invasive weeds is one of the factors that may be contributing to the damage. These foreign invaders are overrunning many vital “riparian” lands – the ecologically diverse natural habitats that run along the millions of miles of our nation’s waterways and help to ...


    By PRWeb

  • EPA Registers Enlist Duo Herbicide --- Enlist Weed Control System Now Approved

    The Enlist Weed Control System, breakthrough technology to fight resistant and tough weeds, is now approved by federal regulatory authorities. Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered Enlist Duo herbicide for use with Enlist corn and soybeans. EPA’s decision is the final step in the federal regulatory process for the Enlist system. The Enlist corn and soybean traits ...


    By Dow AgroSciences LLC

  • Bayer CropScience opens Weed Resistance Competence Center in Frankfurt, Germany

    Herbicide-resistant weeds are a growing global problem. The official opening of Bayer CropScience’s Weed Resistance Competence Center (WRCC) in Frankfurt on 19 November is a major step forward in tackling weed resistance, as it will develop new weed control strategies, and share knowledge within the global community of farmers, agronomists and scientists. Understanding weed resistance and ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • Herbicide reduction can preserve crop yields as well as biodiversity benefits of weeds

    Pesticide-sparing approaches to farming do not have to compromise on crop yields, new research suggests. A study that explored the impact of reduced herbicide use across a variety of different farming contexts found that herbicideefficient systems could be just as productive as conventional systems — and more so than organic systems — whilst having other important environmental ...

  • Respect the Rotation: Glyphosate-Resistant Weeds One Year Later

    Growers, consultants, weed scientists, researchers and government agency officials who participated in the July 2010 launch of the Respect the Rotation™ initiative have taken measureable ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • UF/IFAS researchers use pigs to root out problem weeds

    Sometimes, the old-fashioned ways are the best ways. Back before chemical pesticides and herbicides, farmers had to come up with ways to kill the weeds that took over their fields. One method used “back in the day” was letting pigs loose in fields that were not being used for crops for a season and allowing the pigs to do what they do naturally: dig up the roots of weeds and ...

  • Organic mulch lets insect pollinators do their job

    As interest in organic agricultural and horticultural practices continues to grow, so does the need to identify alternative weed control practices. Mulching, a common practice used to control weeds and reduce the need for tillage, can also reduce insect pollinators' exposure to harmful pesticides; however, finding the right mulch materials that allow pollinators to flourish can be challenging. ...

  • Big society can help tackle ragwort risk

    Tackling Common Ragwort can be a practical example of the Big Society in action, Agriculture Minister Jim Paice said today. Tackling Common Ragwort can be a practical example of the Big Society in action, Agriculture Minister Jim Paice said today. With the Common Ragwort season in full bloom, Mr Paice is calling on landowners, local groups and nature-lovers to work together to ...

  • WSSA Spotlights the Contributions Made by Cooperative Extension Program

    The U.S. Cooperative Extension Program is approaching its 100-year anniversary – an important milestone for an organization that has helped to transform American agriculture since its founding in May 1914. Through the years, extension agents have taught farmers how to manage crops more efficiently, win the battle against weeds and other pests, and produce significantly more food per acre. ...


    By PRWeb

  • Transitioning to organic farming

    As the organic food trend continues to grow; more farmers are converting from conventional agriculture to organic production. One of the fastest growing markets in the U.S. is the production of organic milk. The growth of this industry has prompted many farmers to transition their land to organic feed grain production. With transition on the rise, it is necessary for these farmers to have ...

  • EPA OIG Will Evaluate EPA’s Management of Resistance Issues Related to Herbicide Tolerant GE Crops

    On March 25, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) sent a memorandum to Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), announcing that it plans to begin preliminary research to assess EPA’s management and oversight of resistance issues related to herbicide tolerant genetically ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Enlist Duo™ Herbicide Approved for Use in Canada

    Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), announced today that Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has approved Enlist Duo™ herbicide with Colex-D™ Technology for use in Canada. This approval, which makes Canada the first nation to authorize this state-of-the-art herbicide, is a milestone for the company’s ...


    By Dow AgroSciences LLC

  • USDA Issues Thorough Final EIS on Enlist™ Corn and Soybeans

    The release of the USDA’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on EnlistTM corn and soybeans today brings American farmers one step closer to obtaining a critical tool needed to manage resistant and hard-to-control weeds. The technology will help raise crop outputs to meet growing demand and provide a boost to the environment and economy. The only remaining action before ...


    By Dow AgroSciences LLC

  • War on willows

    Willows are major environmental weeds of riverbank habitats across much of south-eastern Australia. They obstruct water flow, increase water temperature, change water chemistry and can displace native riverine plant species. A CSIRO project looking at the reproductive ecology and dispersal ability of the most aggressive invasive species of willows in Australia is providing urgently ...

  • Sandwich system found effective in organic apple orchards

    In organic apple orchards, one of the most serious challenges for growers is determining ways to limit weed competition while improving soil quality and ensuring high yields of quality apples. Scientists from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences published a study of orchard floor management systems (HortScience, March 2015) that revealed the benefits of using "sandwich systems" in ...

  • Enlist E3 Soybeans Successfully Complete FDA Consultation

    Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), and MS Technologies announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has completed its consultation for Enlist E3™ soybeans. The agency has no further questions based on submitted data that concluded Enlist E3 soybeans are not different in composition, safety, and other relevant ...


    By Dow AgroSciences LLC

  • Plastic mulching reduces farmland bird numbers and diversity

    Using plastic sheeting to encourage early growth of crops reduces the number and diversity of farmland birds, new research from Poland suggests. The study shows that this effect continues even after plastic has been removed. Plastic ‘mulching’ is the use of sheets of plastic to cover vegetables after sowing; this controls weeds and increases the soil temperature, allowing faster ...

  • Pesticide levels decline in corn belt rivers

    Concentrations of several major pesticides mostly declined or stayed the same in “Corn Belt” rivers and streams from 1996 to 2006, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study. The declines in pesticide concentrations closely followed declines in their annual applications, indicating that reducing pesticide use is an effective and reliable strategy for reducing pesticide contamination in ...

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