Consider the costs. The costs of managing weeds after herbicide resistance has evolved are often higher than the cost of a program for reducing the risk of resistance in the first place.
Purdue University researcher Bill Johnson says herbicide-resistant weeds cost U.S. farmers $2 - $3 billion a year. And considering how fast resistance is expanding through the soybean-producing region of the United States, that figure is likely still climbing. “It is important for... Read More
Resistant Weeds: Not a Question of If, but When The daily challenges farmers face can be numerous: machinery repairs, pest pressures and, of course, the weather, just to name a few. But another, growing challenge has been added to that... Read More
Minnesota farmer Peter Bakken considers himself fortunate when it comes to weed control. “I haven’t experienced any significant issues with herbicide-resistant weeds… yet,” he says. This good fortune isn’t due to luck, though. Bakken, who grows corn, soybeans and wheat... Read More
Herbicide-resistant weeds have impacted many people, and they might not even be aware of it. Anytime weeds are present, especially early in the season, there is going to be yield lost. Some people figure it was just a bad year,... Read More
I spent $80 an acre trying to control giant ragweed, and it still didn’t work. The herbicides would burn the leaves to where I thought the ragweed was going to die, but the ragweed kept coming back with a vengeance.... Read More
I had one customer who didn’t think the weeds in his field were herbicide-resistant, so he just applied glyphosate. He later found out the weeds were actually Palmer amaranth. He had to spray twice, costing him $40 to $50 an... Read More