Plant communicate. So much so, that they actually sense weed competition and reduce yield potential even before they emerge from the ground.
It may sound like science fiction, but it's just one of the many scientific facts that Univerisity of Guelph weed scientists Dr. Clarence Swanton has helped prove during his 35-year career. Over the years, Swanton's work on weed competition has yielded revolutionary agronomic and production strategies to significantly increase yields, especially for corn and soybeans.
Learn more: https://www.realagriculture.com/2018/11/revolutionizing-weed-science-by-understanding-plants-ability-to-eavesdrop-on-the-competition/