The National Cotton Council is reminding cotton producers to visit its online Weed Resistance Learning Module to learn more about weed resistance management programs before they plant this season's crop.

The tool, available at http://www.cotton.org/tech/pest/wrm, provides growers with a comprehensive resource on how to manage weed resistance to help them maintain the long-term productivity and value of their acreage. The module is sponsored by The Cotton Foundation with financial support from Monsanto, Syngenta and Dow AgroSciences.

“Weeds don't take a day off,” said Mike Tate, chairman of the NCC's Environmental Task Force and a Huntsville, Ala., cotton producer. “It is important for growers to have a management practice in place for their farm. Prior to planting is a good time to review that plan to ensure you get a quality field of cotton that is free of weeds.”

Tate said round-the-clock access to the NCC's weed resistance course enables producers to get answers to questions about their current weed resistance management program or to help with developing and initiating a program.

The NCC's Weed Resistance Learning Module also provides general resource information on cotton herbicides and a list of contacts in each state for producers who have questions on management practices, including planting.

For more information, call NCC at (901) 274-9030. Another resource is a Cotton Incorporated bulletin designed to help producers manage herbicide resistance. Also located on the NCC's web site, it can be found at http://www.cotton.org/tech/pest/upload/07CIweedresistbulletin.pdf.