Corn farmers must remain vigilant in weed resistance management practices

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SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI - Although weed resistance management is often viewed as a high priority for cotton and soybean growers, corn growers cannot overlook the importance of following best practices.

"As growers, it is our responsibility to take care of both the earth and our technology by implementing weed resistance management practices," said NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chair Chad Blindauer. "By educating yourself on the best options for your operation, you can help ensure the efficacy of herbicide technology in the future."

To help farmers hoping to review their own operations, the National Cotton Council of America recently released a series of videos covering weed resistance management that cover practices pertinent to all farmers involved in production agriculture. The videos provide a wide array of information for farmers looking to tailor a set of practices that suits the specifics of his or her own operation.

NCGA, along with other agricultural associations, recognizes that weed resistance is not a function of biotechnology but results from growers not following weed management best practices and rotating modes of action. Later this year, the Weed Science Society of America will address this situation in greater detail through a white paper on the current state of affairs and ways to address weed resistance.

NCGA will continue joint efforts with cotton and soy associations, as well as with the public sector, to educate growers on the importance of not using the same, singular mode of action to manage weed resistance year after year.

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