Herbicide Summit II demonstrated key leadership in the Weed Science Society of America and various federal agencies in Washington “get it” herbicide-resistant weeds pose a major threat to agriculture globally.
Even before Roundup Ready crops Arkansas farmers were moving away from residual herbicides to more total postemergence weed control programs. The big reason was due to the erratic nature of residual herbicides.
The complaints about herbicide drift run the gamut — drift from an adjacent field, drift from long distances, temperature inversion issues, plane getting in the wrong field, farmer getting his own fields mixed up, contamination in the load, carryover.
At a recent meeting at the Arkansas State Plant Board, new dicamba- and 2,4-D-tolerant crops were discussed. There were presentations by several university weed scientists and representatives of the respective companies.