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Adding CRP acres, and Palmer amaranth beats another herbicideAdding CRP acres, and Palmer amaranth beats another herbicide

The Around Farm Progress podcast explores news from USDA on enrollment of 2 million acres into the Conservation Reserve Program; we get a weed resistance update.

Willie Vogt

May 6, 2022

USDA's Farm Service Administration is accepting more than 2 million acres from producers and landowners for the Conservation Reserve Program, which is good news for producers. And there's news that Palmer amaranth may have developed a new resistance.

To dig into the USDA news Jacqui Fatka, policy editor, Farm Progress, talks with Zach Ducheneaux, administrator of FSA, for more details. Ducheneaux shares that land in CRP isn't taking out of production but put into a different kind of production. They also discuss some other key issues the agency is dealing with these days, including expanded support for livestock operations.

Brad Haire, Southeast Farm Press, shares news that Palmer amaranth has developed a new resistance issue, which he explains. Haire, who lives in Georgia, observes that this region of the country has seen development of a range of herbicide resistance issues and he details what that has really cost farmers in one state. Note, news of a new resistance in Palmer in Georgia does not mean it won't show up elsewhere.

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About the Author(s)

Willie Vogt

Executive Director, Content and User Engagement

Willie Vogt has been covering agricultural technology advancements for more than 40 years. He is passionate about helping farmers better understand how technology can help them succeed, when appropriately applied. His work has involved launches of several new products in agriculture during his career, and he continues to work to help farmers keep up with what's new.

As editorial director, he works with the Farm Progress staff as they strive to help farmers succeed in an ever-changing agricultural environment.

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