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Farmers Running Out of Options To Kill Weeds

In Australia, it’s rye grass. In Michigan, it’s waterhemp. In Georgia, pigweed. Across the country and the globe, farmers are seeing a rise in weeds becoming increasingly resistant to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup. Georgina Gustin, of stl today, is reporting that farmers in Missouri have resorted to hiring itinerant workers to pull the weeds, some with stems four inches wide, because little else seems to be working. Herbicide dealers in the state have run out of their supplies of Cobra, the herbicide often used in conjunction with Roundup.

“Are they running out of options?” asked Aaron Hager, a weed scientist with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “The simple answer is yes.”

To exacerbate the issue, farmers are creating chemical cocktails to treat the problem. But these mixtures have never been tested, so there is no predicting the potential danger these chemical combinations may harbor.

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