Weed Science Society: U.S. would lose half its soy, corn crops if herbicides eliminated

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Experts from the Weed Science Society of America estimate the U.S. could lose half its corn and soybean crops if herbicides and other control techniques were eliminated. The combined losses would approach $43 billion annually in the U.S. and Canada.

You’d think reasonable people would understand how trying to grow crops to feed 7.4 billion people with hoes and plows would be ludicrous. But common sense seems to be in short supply when it comes to perceptions about pesticides and GMOs.

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“It’s an astonishing number and indicates the significant threat weeds present to crop production,” says Anita Dille, chair of the WSSA’s Weed Loss Committee, referring to the projected loss from eliminating herbicides.

Kansas State University’s Dille and others collected data from seven years of weed control studies. They found an average yield loss of 52 percent in corn and 49.5 percent in soybean crops when weed control practices were eliminated.

With 98 percent of the population living off the farm, many in this country seem to think if you do away with pesticides and stop planting GMO crops the grocery store shelves would continue to be filled in some miraculous way.

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No one wants a drought or pestilence or famine, but you wonder sometimes if people need a reality check.

Read full, original post: Reality check needed for non-farm residents?

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