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Start the New Year off right with help on the war on weeds

Start the New Year off right with help on the war on weeds
One prediction for 2015 is rock solid: weeds will be back!

Enjoy your football games and snacks today. And if you want to have lots of money in 2015, eat cabbage today. I suppose slaw will work, but my late mom, Virginia, always fixed boiled cabbage for New Year's Day. My wife Carla has continued the tradition. I will spoon out a big helping, cover it with ketchup, and watch football today.

It's never really worked as far as bringing in money, at least the best I can tell, but I like it, so I eat it anyway. The only thing you know for sure 2015 will bring are weeds! The fields may look clean now because everyone is "sleeping" so to speak, but they will be there come spring – you can count on it.

Tons of help: Information on killing hard-to-kill, often resistant weeds like waterhemp, is packed into the new 2015 Ohio, Indiana and Illinois Weed Control Guide.

Bill Johnson, Purdue University Extension weed control specialist, says likely more of them will be resistant to something than even last year. Increasing weed resistance is a trend that is causing you to increase spending on herbicides right when crop budgets are tightening. The alternatives are weeds out of control and lower yields, which doesn't help pay the bills, especially in times of tight budgets.

Johnson says one tool is already out and available for the New Year. It's the 2015 Ohio, Indiana and Illinois Weed Control Guide, hot off the press. It's published by Ohio State University, but don't let that fool you. Weed specialists from all three states collaborated on the identification, recommendations and product descriptions you will find in the Guide, updated for the New Year.

Once upon a time we published the entire list of herbicides in a spread in a table in an early issue of the New Year. The new Guide is 201 pages. That's why we no longer publish the table, although we do try to make sure you're up to date on what's new.

What's new this year is lots of information on fighting resistant weeds. You can order your copy of the new 2015 Weed Control Guide by calling 1-614-292-1607. Expect to pay a fee for the Guide.

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