Eric Riley, former MU Weed Science Research Specialist, discusses the results of his research on the management of giant ragweed. Spiny amaranth (<em>Amaranthus spinosus</em>) infesting a pasture in northwest Missouri. Currently, herbicide-resistant waterhemp fields like this are one of the most problematic weeds in the state. Former graduate student Nick Monnig makes a herbicide application to one of his research plots.

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Fun Facts


Herbicides substitute for the use of cultivation and laborers for hoeing weeds. To maintain current crop yields with laborers for weed removal, 69 million additional farm workers laboring for 11 billion hours would be required each summer in the U.S.


Welcome to the University of Missouri's Weed Science homepage. Here you can find information related to our extension, research, and teaching programs or visit some of our web resources like the Missouri Weed Identification or Herbicide Injury Guides. In our "Research Results" section, you can search results from our field research by year, herbicide, weed, or crop. Additionally, you can click on our publication section to see all of the publications and newsletter articles we provide as well as to view and/or listen to some of our power point presentations. We welcome your comments and/or suggestions about this site.

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