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Waterhemp, other weeds get the jump on late planted crops


A Wisconsin weed scientist says the weeds are emerging, and in some places, they’re up before the corn and soybeans. 

Dr. Rodrigo Werle with the University of Wisconsin tells Brownfield waterhemp wasted no time poking out of the ground. “On May 17th, I spotted waterhemp for the first time this growing season at our Janesville location, and then I drove up to our Brooklyn location at the O’Brien Farms, and I also saw waterhemp there.”

Werle says the cool and wet weather slowed planting and crop progress, but the weed seeds were already there, so all they need is some warm weather.