Right now, the International Survey of Herbicide Resistant Weeds says as many as 143 different species of weeds that stubbornly refuse to succumb to herbicides are growing in the United States. Worse yet, they’re spreading.
These weeds are invading not only neighboring farms, but also the next county, state and even region.
Dealing With These Pests
For many U.S. farmers, especially those who haven’t been dealing with herbicide-resistant weeds in their fields already, there’s an opportunity to learn more about the impact of these weeds, as well as other ways to manage them.
According to the results of a recent soy checkoff survey, most U.S. soybean farmers consider herbicide-resistant weeds to be an issue that will have only a minimal effect on their profitability. Additionally, many farmers believe these weeds will require action in the future, but not now.
The checkoff, however, considers herbicide-resistant weeds a major problem that merits immediate attention. In response, it has organized the Take Action program, a collaborative effort to increase farmers’ awareness of the damage these weeds can do, as well as provide some recommended courses of action. The program, in collaboration with 15 land-grant universities and a half-dozen agriculture-technology companies, encourages farmers to develop more diverse weed-management plans to keep these weeds from spreading further.