Posted: Jul 14, 2014 6:51 AM by Lee Anne Denyer, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: Jul 14, 2014 7:28 PM
MISSOURI - "Superweeds" have sprouted across the country, including on Missouri farmland. Missouri farmers claim these new weeds have adapted to one of the most commonly used herbicides, Glyphosate.
The Associated Press reported Sunday, Missouri farmers are combatting herbicide-resistant "superweeds" more regularly. The report suggests this is the result of a twofold problem: the use of the herbicide Roundup and planting herbicide-tolerant seeds over the last two decades.
Farming changed back 1996 when St. Louis based company Monsanto introduced the agriculture industry to Roundup, generically known as Glyphosate. The herbicide allowed farmers to use one herbicide instead of a combination of sprays, which cut costs and increased productivity in Missouri and across the country. Glyphosate works by killing all surrounding plants, except the crops with a genetically modified resistance to the chemical. Now in 2014, however, weed experts have observed an emergence of new weed species resistant to Glyphosate.
A US Department of Agriculture report illustrates the increased use of genetically engineered crops, like corn, cotton and soybeans, in the United Sates from 1996 until 2013. In 2013, the USDA reported 93 percent of American soybean plants sprouted from herbicide-tolerant plants. The soybean industry in Missouri exceeds 1 billion dollars annually. Missouri soybean seed patterns align with national trends and predominantly use the genetically modified seeds.
With the continued use of genetically engineered crops and Glyphosate, Missouri farmers will need to revaluate weed management.
Posted 6:14 PM 11/25/2015 by Taylor Stevens, KOMU 8 Reporter
JEFFERSON CITY - The developers of a proposed shopping center off of Mission Drive asked the Cole County Commission for $800,000 to extend the road to the site. The Harvard Company, LLC is working to develop a site near Highway 179 that would include restaurants and retail stores among other (More)
Posted 1:08 PM 11/3/2015 by Collin Ruane & Emma Nicolas, KOMU 8 Reporters
BOONVILLE - It's almost that time of year again. Students across mid-Missouri will anxiously wait to see if they get any snow days this school year. But are students getting more days off for less snow?
To find the answer to that question, KOMU 8 News went through more than a decade worth (More)
Posted 12:02 PM 11/25/2015 by Steve Dawson, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA - Cooking grease can cost homeowners money if it's improperly disposed of.
This holiday season, Missouri American Water is launching a state-wide campaign to "can the grease."
Instead of pouring cooking grease down the drain, the organization urged residents to put used (More)
Posted 3:49 PM 11/25/2015 by Ashton Day, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
MOBERLY - A Moberly clothing store held its grand reopening Wednesday night, two weeks after a fire damaged its previous building.
The Nov. 7 arson fire caused extensive smoke damage to Encore, a women's clothing shop.
Two other businesses closed due to the fire. Duval (More)
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Posted 1:53 PM 11/25/2015 by Ashton Day, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
COLUMBIA – The Columbia Daily Tribune announced on its website Wednesday that it’s Black Friday edition was too big.
The large amount of Black Friday ads prevented the Tribune from being able to package through its inserting equipment. Staff members had to package the paper by (More)
Posted 1:51 PM 11/25/2015 by The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A judge heard testimony as he considers lifting the St. Louis Zoo policy that prohibits patrons from entering the zoo with guns.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that St. Louis Circuit Judge Joan Moriarty issued a temporary order on June 12 upholding the ban (More)
Posted 1:48 PM 11/25/2015 by Annisa Budiman, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA – Mizzou students in support for Planned Parenthood are struggling to start a conversation with MU Interim Chancellor Hank Foley on the decision for Planned Parenthood to stop providing safe abortions.
Jordan Hoyt, a member of the group, said their effort to schedule (More)
Posted 1:11 PM 11/25/2015 by Kolbie Satterfield, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA - MU Health Care’s new Low-Intervention Birthing Program welcomed its first baby on Monday Nov. 23. Deacon Markijohn was born to the first family that to use the new program.
The rooms at University of Missouri Women’s and Children’s Hospital allow (More)
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Posted 10:32 AM 11/25/2015 by Matt Johnson, KOMU 8 Content Manager
COLUMBIA - In a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Planned Parenthood of Kansas & Mid-Missouri CEO Laura McQuade addressed the news late Tuesday the Columbia clinic would no longer perform medication induced abortions. McQuade said the organization is considering legal action in (More)
Posted 11:55 AM 11/25/2015 by Ashton Day, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
COLUMBIA – The University of Missouri Police confirmed it gave documents regarding MU Assistant Professor Melissa Click to the Columbia City Prosecutor.
The Columbia City Prosecutor is reviewing the documents to determine if charges should be pressed against Click for actions during (More)