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"Overall, Weeds of the Midwestern United States & Central Canada is an excellent publication. It will be a valuable guide for plant identification to producers, homeowners, and weed professionals."--The Prairie Naturalist

About the Author

Charles T. Bryson is a research botanist for the United States Department of Agriculture–Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) at the Southern Weed Science Research Unit in Stoneville, Mississippi. Michael S. DeFelice is a senior manager at Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. Bryson and DeFelice are authors of Weeds of the South. Arlyn W. Evans is a retired research biologist for E. I. duPont de Nemours & Co.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: A Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820335061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820335063
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Uncle Omar on September 19, 2012
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I purchased this book to aid me in my job as weed control officer. I had seen a copy, and noted that this volume contains some examples that are not found in "Weeds of the West" and I thought it would be a good supplement to available references.

The photos are generally better (than in "Weeds of the West"), and more illustrative of weeds "in the wild", so this is a plus.

Another feature I greatly appreciate is the listing of toxicity of each example described.

A third asset is the inclusion of any known "colloquial" names for the weed in question. These vary greatly from one region to another, and what is commonly accepted nomenclature in North Dakota may be gibberish in Nebraska or Ohio. This "thesaurus" of common names helps alleviate those confusing differences.

However, I find it rather disappointing that several weeds which are common in my region are missing from the pages. Specifically, Black Henbane (to name only one), which is notably toxic to humans (and probably livestock), is ignored. This weed is relatively common, but most of the general population is not familiar with its identification, nor with its potential for physical damage.

Another negative impression is the "range of distribution" charts included. These are woefully inadequate, apparently due to the fact that the volume seems to have some data that is grossly outdated. Burdock is shown as having wide distribution, but absent in most of California, Arizona and New Mexico. My personal observations include seeing miles of it distributed along the highways of those states, and growing much taller than the description in the book. If the information is known to be in error, perhaps the resource data is questionable, or so it would seem.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By The Weed Guy on September 28, 2010
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Two thirds of the content of this book is recycled from the error ridden Weeds of the South by the same authors. The numerous mis-identifications and many instances of mis-information are compounded by the fact that the authors chose to use a very technical style in their descriptions, thus requiring a glossary of over 400 technical terms, of which the authors demonstrate a repeated lack of understanding. The only valid purpose of this and the previous Weeds of the South publication, is as a tool to extract funds from the many chemical companies that funded the publications.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kat on November 2, 2010
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"Weeds of the Midwestern United States and Central Canada," is a VERY good weed identification book! Seedling pictures are included with adult pictures of the weeds! VERY helpful! Not many other weed books are as consistant with the seedling pictures.

LOVE the book! :)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lopez on July 19, 2013
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Although this book should not be used as a wild edible primary reference, it provides a great deal of high definition photos and descriptions for you to correctly identify almost all weeds in the midwest.

My other wild edible books come up short in that they have a limited amount of species. With this book, I can correctly identify local weeds, and do further research online to determine if there is any edible or medicinal value to the plant.

Best thing about this book is the high definition color photos. Don't waste your time with old school crayon colored or black/white sketches.
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Weeds are a terrible problem. The solution that is most often recommended is a slash and burn policy. Pretty much kill all the greenery so that only the strong survive and that usually is the weed. I had a very tough year of spraying hundreds of gallons of recommended defoliant agents around my buildings and nothing worked steadily Hundreds of gallons wasted. and still weeds towering over the grass. A friend took a job where he needed to identify weeds and their characteristics and control them so I bought this book for him. It is very well written and describes and has pictures of weeds and it discusses the best way to kill them without poisoning the entire area Today I saw hundreds and hundreds of dead weeds and this time I think they will stay dead!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RT on August 21, 2010
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Ordered Free Shipping and the Book arrived the very next day! BRAND NEW AND NO PROBLEMS AT ALL! The four stars is given based upon the content and organization of the book. 'Weeds of the Northeast' is a much better in the field ID Guide. This book is better as a text. The help with ID'ing weeds is severely lacking.
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By Pat H. on October 17, 2014
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I love this book. I am interested in all the plants I see out there, there culinary and medicinal roles (past and present) as well as to identify what is toxic. This is the most comprehensive source I have, especially as someone new to the study
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By INOUTDOORSMAN on June 23, 2014
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If you need good weed identification books these should be on your shelf. I have the weeds of the south and weeds of the midwest. there are some differences.... Great photos of the plant, flower, seed etc. Great descriptions.
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