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State Corn Growers Support Hiring of UW Weed Specialist
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/26/2016

The Wisconsin Corn Growers Association is backing the hiring of a new Cropping Systems Weed Specialist for the Agronomy Department at the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In a letter to CALS Dean Kate VandenBosch, the group said the research through this position has provided Wisconsin corn growers valuable information on weed management, helping growers increase corn yields and the value of the corn crop to the state's economy.

The Cropping Systems Weed Specialist position has been unfilled for several years. The WCGA said it recognized the budget restraints faced by the University of Wisconsin System, but expressed its support for funding research through this position to help growers increase productivity and profits through weed management.

In a statement, the group noted that the Cropping Systems Weed Specialist will work with other UW Specialists to help corn growers make the most educated decisions possible. The Cropping Systems Weed Specialist will be able to conduct research that will not only help growers improve herbicide-resistant weed management, but will also aid in protecting water quality and increasing food security, according to WCGA.

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