As we discussed here a few weeks ago, farmers are making decisions about their weed management plans for this year, building on successful strategies from last year and adjusting where it’s appropriate. The so-called “superweeds” in the mainstream media are effectively managed by taking the time to plan an approach, much like what we do in sports with various plays in the playbooks.
You may want to pull a page out of these while you are on your rain delay.
- The National Cotton Council, National Corn Growers Association, the American Soybean Association) and several state extension services have online educational programs on weed resistance. These association programs take a comprehensive online learning approach to the topics.
- There is also a program facilitated by the Farm Press publications which provides the option of continuing education credits (Weed Resistance Management (WRM) in Southern agronomic row crops & trees, nuts & vines).
- Farmers who want to understand the risk of resistant weeds on their farm will find http://weedtool.com useful.
- Monsanto has a number of recommendations and programs to assist farmers in taking a proactive approach to weed management on the Roundup Ready Plus website.
- Information about the multi-year Benchmark studies university scientists have conducted are among the resources on http://www.weedmanagement.com.
- If you are a weed geek, the official list of weeds with herbicide resistance is the International Survey of Herbicide Resistant Weeds at http://www.weedscience.org as it provides information about the various classes of chemistry, weed species, geographies, etc. This site is funded and supported by the Herbicide Resistance Action Committee (HRAC), the North American Herbicide Resistance Action Committee (NAHRAC) and the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) and provides a scientific look at the topic.
- Some of the latest reporting from trade publications is also good reading. You may find the columns by weed scientists Ken Smith of the University of Arkansas and Larry Steckel of the University of Tennessee of interest.
In the commercial side, seed and technology companies continue to make progress on new approaches to weed control. Some of the most recent news releases include:
- Monsanto Completes U.S. Regulatory Registration for Genuity® SmartStax® RIB Complete™
- BASF and Monsanto Take Dicamba Tolerant Cropping System Collaboration to the Next Level
We’ll continue to provide the latest news and information on weed management on Beyond the Rows and the Roundup Ready Plus website. And we’ll keep those reeling from flood water or suffering through drought in our thoughts and prayers.