Monday, February 11, 2008

Glyphosate Resistant Weeds Becoming a Problem

Tonight on RFD-TV hosted by Colleen Callahan, there is a special call in show with Syngenta experts and other from academia talking about the growing resistance of weeds to glyphosate. In the last 10 years, much of the progress in agronomy has focused around the round up ready corn, soybeans and cotton. This technology has enabled farmers to farm many more acres than in previous years when hours were spent cultivating crops. This technology has fundamentally changed agriculture. Now mother nature is fighting back with the weeds figuring out how to become resistant to the herbicide. One expert described that the plant manages to put the herbicide in packets and not let it spread through the plant.

All the experts emphasized diversity in both crop rotation and chemicals used for weed control. Again this is especially important to try and minimize the spread of the resistant weeds as a means of control.

Farmers have been able to effectively manage more areas of their farming operation because of the time freed up from being spent on weed control.

Syngenta has developed a web site with more additional information at http://www.resistancefighter.com/

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