Palmer Pigweed: Running Out of Options

A single female Palmer pigweed dug up by Mississippi consultant Phillip McKibben.

A single female Palmer pigweed dug up by Mississippi consultant Phillip McKibben.

Farm news items rarely appear in mainstream consumer news outlets with a well balanced view.



But this week National Public Radio gave Stanley Culpepper, Professor and Extension Agronomist in the Crop and Soil Science Department at The University of Georgia, a chance to talk about pigweed resistance to a wider audience. 

Culpepper, who came up in the school of “Roundup will always work,” elaborated on the point at which the chemistry stopped working on pigweed. He talked about the  heated and costly battle farmers are waging against this zoombie type plant that keeps coming back as a more fierce competitor.

Also mentioned in the interview is the recent news that Kansas has confirmed 2,4-D plus Dicamba resistance to pigweed

Click here to listen to or read the NPR story.