BASF: Strategies to managing resistant weeds
As the growing season nears, glyphosate resistance is expected to once again be a key threat to crop yields in fields throughout the country. To kick off the 2012 Commodity Classic, BASF Crop Protection and industry experts presented research, innovations and techniques to help prepare growers for the future of weed control at the sixth annual “Science Behind” media symposium.
The event provided media a closer look at the new innovation in development, Engenia herbicide, an advanced dicamba formulation with low-volatility characteristics for improved on-target application. Engenia will help control more than 100 of the annual broadleaf weeds that farmers are battling in their crops today, including glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth, waterhemp and marestail.
Field research has confirmed the advanced formulation will provide excellent efficacy and crop tolerance. As well, Engenia will be an important new tool in the fight against herbicide resistance, offering an additional herbicide site of action for post-emergence control of broadleaf weeds in dicamba-tolerant crops.
“As the industry leader, BASF is dedicated to providing solutions, technical support and educational tools to help growers implement a weed management program based on herbicide best practices,” said Paul Rea, vice president, U.S. Crop Protection, BASF. “We encourage growers to be proactive in their weed resistance management and to utilize herbicides with different sites of action. New advanced options like Engenia will be a key to success to help growers maximize yields and preserve their farmland for future generations.”
According to Steve Bowe, BASF Biology Group Leader, who presented the details during the media event, Engenia will be available for use with the dicamba-tolerant cropping system currently in development and is expected to be commercialized first in soybeans by mid-decade.
Experts outline future of weed control
Fifty percent of growers surveyed by BASF reported dealing with resistant weeds. With 13 different species of glyphosate-resistant weeds now in 27 states – and with an increasing number of weeds that have stacked resistance to multiple sites of action – the media symposium was an important event for delivering vital weed management information to the industry. Along with Rea and Bowe, event presenters included: Larry Steckel, Ph.D., University of Tennessee; Jeff Stachler, Ph.D., North Dakota State University/University of Minnesota; Bob Wolf, Ph.D., Wolf Consulting & Research; and Dan Westberg, Ph.D., BASF Technical Market Manager.