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Agriculture experts say now is the time for farmers to get educated on weed problems

Ag experts say now is time for farmers to get educated on weed problems

Adams County Extension office says now is the time for farmers to get educated as they deal with more weed problems.

"It’s really tough to control,” said Dawson County farmer Don Batie.

He said weeds, like palmer amaranth, are not something most farmers want to encounter.

"And the reason why it's such a nasty weed for us is that it is a very rapidly mutating plant that it adapts to herbicides quickly,” Batie said.

Not only can palmer amaranth produce thousands of seeds immediately, but it also reaches new heights.

"It can grow to be 6, 8, 10 feet tall,” Batie said.

Which is why Ron Seymour with the Adams County extension office said if you see them you must act immediately.

"If you don't pay attention to it within a week to even 10 days’ time, it could be to the point where you can't control it for the rest of the season,” Seymour said.

This weed is essentially interfering with farmers' work on the field.

"The corn would compete with the palmer, except that it does reduce the water the corn would get and it also has competition so it does lower the yield in that area,” Batie said.

Seymour said although winter time is a busy time for farmers, it’s also a perfect time to continue learning.

"Things change pretty fast and if we don't keep up with those changing trends, then you can't keep up the production practices. Things happen in the growing season that you're not ready for it," Seymour said.

Both Seymour and Batie encourage others to read up and become educated.

"Be proactive in your business and because if you're not proactive, it could take you by surprise and it could be very difficult to catch up,” Seymour said.

To help with weed control, Batie said he rotates his crops having two years of corn and then one year of soybeans in his farm.

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