A New Weed Killer Discovered?

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  1. DonMcJr

    DonMcJr New Member

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    I think I found a new Weed Killer. My wife accidently bought sugar made from Michigan Beet Sugar instead of Cane Sugar and the Bees wouldn't touch it so I dumped it in the Clover Food Plot. Now NOTHING will grow there! So I am assuming Michigan Sugar has a lot of Roundup Weed Killer in the Final Product From the Roundup Ready Sugar Beets...What do you all think?

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  2. gunsmith

    gunsmith New Member

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    Wouldn't surprise me. I recently read an article where a lady bought a load of manure from a local farmer for her organic garden. You guessed it, the animals had been fed on GMO grains, the manure killed her garden.
    Probably a good thing your bees wouldn't touch it.
     

  3. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    definitely a good thing your bees wouldn't touch it.
     
  4. DonMcJr

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    Had another theory brought to my attention. Deer like sugar and maybe they are licking it to get the sugar and keeping it bare. Looks like I need to do a test with my trail cam and some Michigan Beet Sugar...
     
  5. riverbee

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    don, deer like sugar beets......
    trail cam.....:grin:
     
  6. Barbarian

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    With a basic food product like sugar, I would have expected it to have been thoroughly tested by Quality Control.

    I would think about the equipment and circumstances when you tried to feed the sugar syrup to your bees.

    Have you thought about contacting the sugar producer ? You could have men in paper suits taking samples from your clover patch or even a tanker load of sugar on your doorstep.
     
  7. Crofter

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  8. DonMcJr

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    I really am not joking...why isn't anything growing in that spot? It still looks the same today everything dead in that spot 2 months after I dumped it...
     
  9. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Trail cam or call the mfgr. They sell this stuff to humans too
     
  10. efmesch

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    Maybe that "Michigan beet sugar" was smuggled in from China and re-labeled to make you think it came from Michigan. If they can do it with "honey" they can do it with "sugar". :frustrated:
     
  11. tecumseh

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    a gunsmith snip..
    I recently read an article where a lady bought a load of manure from a local farmer for her organic garden.

    tecumseh..
    recently one of the member of our farmer's market who has a phd in crop science and maintains a green house for rearing tomatoes showed me a little experiment he was doing with some potting soil and several containers (which really look more like plastic tubes than container). in one set of containers he was using manure from horse people who purchased high quality hay where the hay field had been treated with some form of week killer (not sure of the brand). the plants in these would germinate and grow until they got to be about 2 foot tall and then the very tip ends of the plants would begin turning yellow and then brown and then the plant would pretty much become permanently stunted. so it seems even after being run thru the digestive system of a horse these kinds of products are not necessarily inert.
     
  12. Bens-Bees

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    Fresh Maneur will kill a garden anyway. It needs to sit a while and even then only mixed in small portions and not heaped on it. Just because a little of it is good doesn't mean that a lot is better, like my neighbor who killed his entire lawn by putting 50lbs of high nitrogen fertilizer on his lawn that isn't any bigger than 40'x40'... burnt the lawn right up and he says to me, must need more fertilizer.
     
  13. Bens-Bees

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    Maybe michigan beet sugar is really salt? LOL
     
  14. lazy shooter

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    It appears to have just sterilized that spot. I've never poured sugar or sugar water on the ground, so I am surprised. If it was deer, I would think the ground would be torn up. At certain times, our deer come to salt blocks, and they leave the ground very disturbed. Clover is a tender plant, and the sugar my have coated the leaves and cut of photosynthesis, or some such thing. Obviously, I'm not a botanist.
     
  15. Crofter

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    Want to wager a fiver that the other source sugar (in the same concentration) would do exactly the same thing. My devious mind suspects that something in the process tainted the syrup to the bees taste; perhaps the result would have been the same with cane sugar. That one has been hashed and rehashed a few times.
     
  16. DonMcJr

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    I dumped Cane Sugar Syrup on the ground a few feet from there and am waiting...So far just some brown vegetation and nothing like the pic above...and it's still exactly like that pic above as of yesterday...

    Just bought 2 new Trail Cameras so One of the old ones I am gonna mix up Cane and Beet Sugar and dump them in front of the trail camera and post any pics that animals make...and then Before/After pics once it works it magic...
     
  17. Eddy Honey

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    Was there any vinegar in the syrup?
     
  18. Gypsi

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    hmm. Keep us posted. I have some johnson grass with difficult roots to get to...