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Weed management talk set for Dec. 7

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Written Thursday, December 06, 2007  

Farmers and scientists see weeds different ways, said Ohio State University scientist Robyn Wilson, who studies agricultural and environmental decision-making. She’ll discuss the disparity and its effect on weed management in a free talk Friday, Dec. 7, noon-1 p.m., at locations in Columbus and Wooster.

The presentation, titled “Improving Communication About Integrated Weed Management: A Comparison of Practitioners and Researchers,” is part of the autumn seminar series of Ohio State’s Department of Horticulture and Crop Science.

Wilson is an assistant professor in the department.

Interested individuals can attend in 244 Kottman Hall on Ohio State’s Columbus campus, 2021 Coffey Rd., or in 121 Fisher Auditorium on the Wooster campus of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), 1680 Madison Ave.

“The gaps in knowledge and understanding between (farmers and scientists) highlight ways to improve communication about preventive and integrated (weed) management,” Wilson says. “They also identify avenues for enhancing future research efforts.”

“Weed control is an essential part of all crop production systems,” notes OSU Extension’s Weed Control Guide for Ohio Field Crops. “Despite large expenditures for weed control, it is estimated that losses in U.S. crops due to weeds left uncontrolled exceed $7.5 billion annually.”

For more information, contact Julie Hering, (614) 292-2001, hering.1@osu.edu .

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