Waterhemp and Palmer amaranth are two of the most loathed weeds locally.

Both are members of the pigweed (amaranth) family. Both can produce half a million seeds or more on a single female plant. Both species are able to quickly adapt when farmers use the same herbicides over and over again to combat them. Both weeds germinate over a long period of time and can be seen popping up through the canopy late in the season.

Jeff Burbrink is an educator with Purdue Extension Elkhart County. He can be reached at 574-533-0554 or jburbrink@purdue.edu.

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