MT. OLIVE, NC (September 18, 2012) – Continual use of glyphosate herbicides alone has led to a weed resistance crisis in many parts of the United States, with farmers struggling with severe weed problems while watching profits drain from their pocketbooks. At the Respect the Rotation™ field day in Mt. Olive, North Carolina on August 9, sponsored by Bayer CropScience, more than 160 farmers, retailers, seed company and association representatives heard warnings from those in the forefront of the problem about what is right around the corner, if not already present - resistance. They listened to the latest updates on herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth and resistance hot spots, as well as timely information on how to reduce the potential for resistance issues to emerge on their farms.
Field plots at the event clearly demonstrated what can occur with lack of herbicide diversity. Many attendees saw a reflection of what they already see in their fields at home.
“More than at any time in our history, farmers must manage for weed control or face the loss of productivity, sustainability and their legacy to future generations,” Malone Rosemond, Bayer CropScience technical service representative, explained. “These integrated weed management practices provide a solid foundation to preserve conservation tillage, steward additional herbicide-tolerant technologies and promote sustainable and profitable row crop production.”
“We were going down the wrong path depending entirely on glyphosate, but it worked so good we couldn’t stand it,” explained Dr. Alan York, professor emeritus at North Carolina State University, “and we got into resistance. We’re now back to recommending good preplant and pre-emergence herbicides on everything. And we’re adding residual postemergence herbicides and overlapping those residuals to provide more consistent control.
“With this resistance, I think our growers are better managers now,” pointed out York. “They’re more aware of the problems.”
Attendees were also able to see how innovative solutions from Bayer can be incorporated into their management programs to deter resistance development through a variety of tools. Plots included a range of Bayer products, including LibertyLink® technology and Liberty® herbicide, as well as other crop protection solutions.
“Bayer is dedicated to bringing game-changing technologies like LibertyLink and Liberty to market to help address the most important agronomic challenges growers face,” added Rosemond. “These solutions are a perfect fit for the principles of Respect the Rotation.”
“The goal of the initiative is to promote grower adoption of diversified management practices that help manage or prevent glyphosate-resistant weeds, as well as promote stewardship of viable alternatives,” he continued. “LibertyLink soybeans and cotton are a perfect fit.”
The Respect the Rotation initiative, conducted by Bayer and local university scientists, promotes rotation of crops, herbicide-tolerant traits and modes of action to encourage greater diversity in herbicide programs and reinforce the principals of Integrated Weed Management. It encourages the use of multiple chemical, cultural and mechanical control methods where feasible.
The Mt. Olive event is one of several Respect the Rotation programs conducted throughout the South and Midwest this summer. The program, in its third year, provides a forum for education and discussion on management of resistant weeds. During that time, Bayer has seen positive changes implemented throughout the weed science and agricultural industry communities, as well as by farmers and influencers at the field level.
Additional information about weed resistance management or Respect the Rotation, including educational tools, is available online here.
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