Water hemps are the latest weeds to surmount the excesses of herbicides and running riots in the Nebraska fields. As reported by the University of Nebraska, the water hemp has been treated with 64 times the recommended rate of 2, 4-D herbicides but it recovered and produced seeds. This isn't the first herbicide that this weed, notorious for its high reproductively - about 1 million seeds per plant - have become resistant to, but also many others including gaphosate. They are a host of other herbicide resistant weeds sprouting across the states due to overuse and over reliance on herbicides. According to Bill Freese, Science Policy Analyst at the Center for Food Safety, "this pesticide treadmill approach is not only toxic but futile... Only a renewed commitment to non-chemical weed control methods like cover crops can break this vicious circle".
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