Sandra Mason: Herbicides Can Get To The Root Of Weed Problems | News-gazette.com

Systemic herbicides are particularly useful with perennial weeds and hard-to-kill weeds such as poison ivy because the herbicide can move into and kill underground roots. The timing of herbicide applications depends on the intended weeds and on how the herbicide works. In general garden herbicides are either preemergent or postemergent. Preemergent herbicides such as corn gluten for crabgrass control must be applied before seedlings emerge and can be effective against annual weeds that return each year by seed. Postemergent herbicides control existing weeds.
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Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo make list of areas with big bed bug problems | Fox17

In a typical growing season, at least some corn-growing states would have experienced drought or other production problems. But the 18 states that grow 91 percent of the nation’s corn have experienced nearly ideal conditions this year, as adequate rain fell when plants emerged and cooler summer temperatures minimized heat stress. That’s the case in Illinois, one of the nation’s top corn and soybean states. “Illinois has largely been dealt to date pretty close to a royal flush on weather and I’m sure that the yields are going to be very high here,” said Scott Irwin, a University of Illinois professor of agricultural and consumer economics. The expected large harvest has driven corn and soybean prices significantly lower, but it isn’t expected to make much of a short-time difference in consumer food prices. However, since the grains are staples in livestock feed, lower prices could eventually lead to a decline in the cost of beef, pork, chicken and milk.
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U.S. expected to have record harvests | HeraldNet.com – Business

However, many market analysts and some farmers expect the USDA to revise expectations upward in a report based on field surveys that’s due out Tuesday. Conditions look just fantastic across most of the country, Texas A&M University grain marketing economist Mark Welch said. In a typical growing season, at least some corn-growing states would have experienced drought or other production problems. But the 18 states that grow 91 percent of the nation’s corn have experienced nearly ideal conditions this year, as adequate rain fell when plants emerged and cooler summer temperatures minimized heat stress. That’s the case in Illinois, one of the nation’s top corn and soybean states. Illinois has largely been dealt to date pretty close to a royal flush on weather and I’m sure that the yields are going to be very high here, said Scott Irwin, a University of Illinois professor of agricultural and consumer economics.
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Cool summer sets high expectations for harvest | Sandusky Register

In this Aug. 5, 2014 photo a farmer drives his tractor past a soybean field toward grain storage bins near Ladora, Iowa. The nation’s corn and soybean farmers are on track to produce record crops this year as a mild summer has provided optimum growing conditions. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) From pest control technicians to even those working at the Battle Creek Farm Bureau, Larry Martz with the Farm Bureau says people are coming in daily to pick up products as they try to get rid the bed bugs. We had a gentlemen come in the other day who travels a lot he was in a three piece suit. Anybody can get them, he said. Mike Smith started his business Bed Bug Investigations in 2009. When he began he would get two to three jobs a month, now its non-stop. He uses his trained detection dogs at places all across the state to find bed bugs. He says aside from what most might think a lot of his business isnt at hotels or homes but rather other public places.
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