Skip to comments.First Superbugs, Now Superweeds
Posted on 05/08/2010 7:12:26 PM PDT by Clint Williams
"Years of heavy use of the broad spectrum herbicide Roundup has led to the rapid growth of superweeds. They are spreading throughout North America, creating headaches for farmers and posing 'the single largest threat to production agriculture that we have ever seen,' according to Andrew Wargo III, the president of the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts. From the article: 'The first resistant species to pose a serious threat to agriculture was spotted in a Delaware soybean field in 2000. Since then, the problem has spread, with 10 resistant species in at least 22 states infesting millions of acres, predominantly soybeans, cotton and corn. The superweeds could temper American agricultures enthusiasm for some genetically modified crops. Soybeans, corn and cotton that are engineered to survive spraying with Roundup have become standard in American fields. However, if Roundup doesnt kill the weeds, farmers have little incentive to spend the extra money for the special seeds."
This should make the environmental wackos happy, if the GM seeds are not effective, then farmers won’t use them...whoops, the problem is, if we go back to where we were 20 years ago, I guess the farmers will just use those nasty pesticides that will kill all weeds, but at least we won’t have that evil Roundup around!
Paving the way...
Don’t gloat. Enviros would rather let humans die than allow them to use DDT inside their homes. Haven’t you heard, we have too many humans anyway. If all humans would just do the right thing and die, the earth could return to her pristine and natural state.
So, I’ve done a GOOD THING by just pulling weeds instead of spending money on RoundUp? WOW (doesn’t mean I don’t have weeds - some of them are perennials!)
So this is the end result of no-till farming...
Oh wait, you are probably not talking about Marijuana.
Ahhh, the Devil is in the details. Could this just be an anti-GM propaganda piece?
Thought you might like to comment on this M.
Evolution in action.
I’ve got some tough weeds that Roundup won’t kill. For them, Goal usually works. For the ones that Goal won’t kill, there’s a couple of other things, but they get pretty expensive. I just picked up some new stuff that’s supposed to kill Marestail and Fleabane. We’ll see how it goes...
Weed chemistry is expensive!
Honestly I just figured that Roundup was starting to water down the mix. It just doesn’t work as well any more. The dang weeds don’t die, all I seem to do is cripple them a little.....
Better living through chemistry.
Doesn't 2,4-D still kill weeds?
Actually the article is correct that some weeds have developed an immunity to Roundup. I am a hazelnut farmer and we have some Rye grass in our orchards that have developed an immunity to roundup. Its been very annoying, but fortunately Paraquat will still kill it so I just had to change my spraying program.
2,4-D will work great on any woody weeds. However, it doesn’t do anything to grasses and other broadleaves. For that I would recommend Goal (if you have warm weather right after the application and even then it doesn’t always work) or Gramoxone (which uses Paraquat as its active ingredient). However, only use Gramoxone if you have a pesticide applicators license and are very very carefull because it carries a danger label and can be very fatal if you inhale any of the spray droplets.
I don’t doubt that at all, I just thought it curious that GM foods got worked into the storyline
Go back to the cultivator. Farmers are giving too much money to the chemical companies already anyway.
And then there’s the seed companies...don’t even get me started.
Or solve unemployment by marching people through the fields pulling up weeds.
Yes, it's propaganda.
No, the problem is real.
Yes, Monsanto did everything they could to sell a lot of the safest herbicide in history just as their patent ran out while they were simultaneously forcing users into more toxic and proprietary products. So, the article is the usual shill piece that actually works to the benefit of chemical manufacturers. It is no accident that most environmental activist NGOs are supported financially by the tax-exempt charitable foundations of major industrial stockholders.
With respect to glyphosate, I predicted this nearly a decade ago.
LOL....yeah, I guess they will get Mexicans to do the jobs that Americans won’t!
“Oops. Think maybe I’ve seen some of them superweeds in a gravel parking lot nearby. Nothing kills them.”
Try some oil from an old pcb transformer. It kills real good
We started in on the lotus in our 1 1/2 acre pond today, squirting them one leaf at a time. Otherwise, no pond in two or three years.
Gee, I thought this was just my imagination, thought I was applying the Roundup wrong or they had changed the formula. Apparently not! Interesting—and annoying.
“So this is the end result of no-till farming...”
Everything has unintended consequences
Row crops were grown before herbicides came into common usage. I think it was called cultivating between the rows, or plowing up the weeds a time or two. Shouldn’t be too time consuming with the multi-row cultivators used on large tractors.
Actually, no. We farm and we are seeing some resistance to Round-up and Treflan. Treflan is no longer giving us a good kill on Russian Thistle and Round-up isn’t working very well on Pigweed. If you use Round-up at the highest rate with a lot of adjuvants it will still kill the problem weeds.
One tip on the Round-up it works better when the weed is actively growing.
By the time you cultivate the crop is doing a fine job holding the soil in place, and it’s a whole lot easier on everything to turn the soil over a couple of times a year than it is to dump chemicals on it.
24D kills SOME broadleaf weeds. Thats all.
Roundup is very toxic to humans. In fact, one of its “inert” ingredients is more harmful than the active ingredient, which is glyphosate, and certainly not good for us. But the inert ingredient polyethoxylated tallow amine (POEA) kills human cells. And again the lowly frog shows us what we need to know, as its soft penetrable skin is like a canary’s to our own: Roundup kills frogs more than weeds.
We do Minimum Till but we still cultivate, when the plants are small you can usually get everything but the top 4 inches of the bed clean but as the plants get too big you can’t cultivate without harming them and for us that is about the time the monsoons hit.
Not just glyophosphat (Roundup) weeds are becoming resistant too. Our yard here has a couple of weed areas that have already been sprayed twice with a commercial 2,4D preparation exactly as labeled- and so far, several weeks later, appear to be relatively unaffected.
See my reply- not working for me...
I'd say that's a very good guess.
Check the glycophosphate content. It varies.
Try that process on our property and you'll have half the hillside in the creek along with one huge chunk of iron the following winter (it's too steep for a tractor).
Just look at all that flat ground! :-)
Besides, that's not the goal here.
This is the crux of the matter. Farmers may begin to spend less money on GM seeds, destroying the budgets of the pharmaceutical companies heavily invested in them. Roundup has been toned down, it is now "safer"