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Fast-growing weed threatens Iowa farmers

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 23 2014 10:24AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A fast-growing weed that has tormented southern farmers has been found in Iowa.

Agronomists are trying to determine whether the Palmer amaranth weed found in five counties is herbicide resistant. The weed can carry 1 million seeds and grow up to 7 feet tall.

Agronomists say even a moderate infestation can rob farmers of two-thirds of their corn and soybean yields. That in turn could hurt Iowa agribusinesses. It also means that farmers may have to use more, and potentially more toxic, chemicals to battle the aggressive weed.

Iowa State University agronomy professor Mike Owen says the weed could cause prices to rise for sodas, cereals, fuels and other goods derived from corn.

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Topics : Environment
Location : Des MoinesIowa
People : Mike Owen
06/23/2014 10:22AM
Fast-growing weed threatens Iowa farmers
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