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Jim Meade / Iowa City
Senior Advisor

Palmer amaranth in Iowa

Palmer amaranth has been found in Harrison county north of Council Bluffs, IA.

I don't think I greet this news with joy.

 

http://www.extension.iastate.edu/CropNews/2013/0820hartzlerpope.htm

 

 

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WCMO
Senior Advisor

Who knew?

The leaves, stems and seeds of Palmer amaranth, like those of other amaranths, are edible and highly nutritious.[1][2] Palmer amaranth was once widely cultivated and eaten by Native Americans across North America, both for its abundant seeds and as a cooked or dried green vegetable. -- from Wikipedia

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farmerguy89
Advisor

Re: Palmer amaranth in Iowa

RR pigweed here we come!!!!!
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buckfarmer
Senior Contributor

Re: Palmer amaranth in Iowa

Is that why they call it pig weed. Was it once fed to pigs.
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mnvtfarm
Veteran Contributor

Re: Who knew?

Awesome, I found a rotation crop for my Hemp. Smiley Happy

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BTS4-210
Contributor

Re: Who knew?

she wouldn't be smiling if she knew what I do.  pig weeds and marestail has made round up worthless down here.  liberty is not to hot either.  ultra blazer  or flexstar about  the only thing that works in beans.   you folks have no rice in your rotations to control them, you have a huge problem coming your way.  yes atrazine and D will beat them back in spring but the escapes will make seed and there starts the problem

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buckfarmer
Senior Contributor

Re: Palmer amaranth in Iowa

Marestale was part of the reason I've added wheat in my rotation. I'm even thinking of adding more hay also. Just trying to get a few different possibilities to control.
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