Today’s quick hits, Nov. 12, 2021

Dicamba resistance: Researchers have confirmed the discovery of dicamba-resistant waterhemp in central Illinois and north-central Tennessee five years after the chemical was approved by the EPA for use against invasive weeds that tolerate other herbicides. (DTN/Progressive Farmer)

Bad news for bumblebees: Climate change may be upsetting the nutritional balance of floral nectar consumed by bumblebees, which are important pollinators of such food crops as tomatoes and peppers. (

Biggest U.S. solar farm: The aptly named Mammoth Solar project, scheduled to begin operating in 2024, will be set on 13,000 acres, or 20 square miles, of farmland in northwestern Indiana. (Indianapolis Star)

Line-speed trial: The USDA will run a one-year trial of faster-moving slaughter lines at some pork plants to test the effectiveness of new worker safety measures. (Reuters)

Monarch comeback: Migratory western monarch butterflies, largely absent from coastal California in 2020, are back in the thousands at their overwintering sites, an encouraging sign for a species that has suffered huge population losses since the 1990s. (San Francisco Chronicle)