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Response to Bohunk68 (Reply #48)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 03:58 AM

51. If anything that report actually underestimated how bad the stuff is.

The stuff we're having issues with is spiny or thorny pigweed. It gets huge and you can't work near it because you can only lose so much blood before you give up. The spines are also bad about breaking off under the skin and getting infected. They're hollow, so the effect is similar to a porcupine quill. It's isn't just cotton, it's causing hell with everything in some areas.

It's only resistant to Roundup so far, as far as I know. The problem is you can't spray anything else without killing most crops too, and wiping the fields out for a season doesn't really work, because you can't guarantee it won't just be reintroduced. The seeds are smaller than normal amaranth seeds, so they're about three times as big as the period at the end of this sentence, and each plant makes an unbelievable amount of them. So even scorched earth on a field will only keep it clear for two to four years, if you're lucky.

The hell of it is the Roundup resistance gene could have been used as a monster of a control measure while other control programs were being run to eradicate it. Unfortunately, the company that makes the stuff convinced all the people that used it that it was all they'd ever need, because other control measures cut into their profit margin. So all the other measures that were being used to control it (Pre emergents, rotating and repeatedly bushhogging or disking the fields so it couldn't go to seed, etc) were stopped. Now we're overrun and worse off than we were to start with.

Apply enough selective pressure, especially from a single direction, and sooner or later whatever is being pressured is going to bite us in the ass.

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