This plant(aka weed)keeps our farmers up at night.Waterhemp-amaranthus tuberculatus(common waterhemp)-is a very prolific grower and has become very resistant to our herbicides.That would most commonly include glyphosate-better known as Round Up,but others are included.Waterhemp likes water,good at using carbon-can you say global warming,and intense sunlight.It is now common in the Midwest-introduced from the Southwest-causing havoc due to it’s ability to also reproduce by creating 500,000 seeds per plant and growing a inch a day becoming very tall at harvest time thus shrinking yields as much as 80%!Waterhemp enjoys diversity by it’s reproducing process-it is dioceious,that is the male and female flowers are on different plants.It has a cousin-Palmer amaranthus-also called the “devil”-that can do the same work.Both are “superweeds” that have adapted to the continued use of herbicides and or the reliance on them to charge full steam ahead.

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