While warnings about glyphosate-resistant weeds have been abundant in recent years, more and more growers are starting to see these weeds in their own fields. The resistance problem is proliferating on a national scale – more fields in more counties have more weeds surviving repeated glyphosate applications.
“This is a problem that will not go away unless we all drastically change our weed management practices,” says Chuck Foresman, manager of weed resistance strategies, Syngenta Crop Protection. “Rather than conducting ‘business as usual,’ growers need to look for new options to treat these weeds. We applaud those who are counseling growers to proactively implement sound resistance management practices. Those individuals inspired us to create the Resistance Fighter of the Year program.”
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The Resistance Fighter of the Year program recognizes those who serve as role models and provide growers with guidance they need to manage weeds successfully in their operations. Syngenta Crop Protection strives to educate producers about the importance of resistance management and equip them with the tools they need to fight resistance, including Resistance Fighter herbicide brands like Dual Magnum, Envoke, Flexstar GT, Halex GT, Gramoxone Inteon, Lexar, Lumax, Prefix, Reflex, and Sequence.
The urgency of this issue continues to grow in places like Arkansas where Palmer pigweed infests 750,000 acres with more reported each day. When asked about the Resistance Fighter of the Year program, Ken Smith, University of Arkansas Extension weed scientist, says, “I commend Syngenta for their efforts on this program and their efforts on resistance management as a whole. A program that recognizes educators in this way reinforces the importance of weed resistance management industry-wide.”
Resistance Fighter of the Year nominations are being accepted now through Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at http://www.resistancefighteroftheyear.com.
(Source: Syngenta Crop Protection)