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    11.20.2013
    Also Kiya Tabb, according to the Proceedings from the 2012 National Summit on Strategies to Manage Herbicide-Resistant Weeds, “currently there are 388 herbicide-resistant weed biotypes represented by 208 weed species. These evolved resistances include resistance to all of the commercially available herbicide mechanisms of action. One or more of these resistances may be represented in a given species. Over the last decade, resistance in (currently) 23 weed species has evolved to glyphosate, and the production of corn, cotton, and soybean is threatened by the increasing numbers of glyphosate-resistant weeds in an increasing number of crop fields.”

    While herbicide resistant weeds aren’t anything new in agriculture, nor are they specific to GMO crops, biotechnology developers do take this problem very seriously and have established a number of guidelines and programs that focus on good stewardship and best farm management practices to mitigate herbicide resistance in weeds. Here are a few links that provide insight to industry’s commitment to proactively address this issue:

    • The Herbicide Resistance Action Committee (HRAC) is an international body founded by the agrochemical industry to supporting a cooperative approach to the management of herbicide resistance. An overview of its programs and members, which include all the companies supporting this website, can be found here: http://www.hracglobal.com/Home.aspx

    • BASF provides growers with effective solutions, technical support and educational tools to help implement weed management programs based on herbicide best practices. More information is available here: http://agro.basf.us/stewardship/herbicide-best-practices.html

    • Bayer CropScience’s Respect the Rotation™ program encourages growers to take a proactive, sustainable position in managing weed resistance by rotating modes of action and crops. http://www.bayercropscience.us/products/weed-management/

    • Dow AgroSciences advises growers on the challenges and costs of weeds and provides advice on product management. http://www.enlist.com/

    • DuPont Pioneer provides a number of guidelines and tools for growers to use in managing herbicide tolerant crops. https://www.pioneer.com/home/site/us/products/stewardship/weed-management/

    • Monsanto’s Weed Management program provides information on resistance development, best practices, and management guidelines for growers and extension specialists. http://www.monsanto.com/weedmanagement/Pages/default.aspx

    • Syngenta’s Resistance Fighter™ program works to educate growers on the importance of resistance management and provide them the appropriate tools to fight resistance. http://www.resistancefighter.com/
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