Growers Up the Ante for 2015 Herbicide Resistance Management

Corn and soybean growers surveyed at 2015 Commodity Classic have finding better ways to collaborate on herbicide resistance at the top of their list for the 2015 growing season.

WILMINGTON, Del., April 14, 2015 – Herbicide resistance management continues to be a priority for corn and soybean growers, and they’re working together more effectively to slow the spread of resistant weeds, according to a survey sponsored by DuPont Crop Protection at the 2015 Commodity Classic in Phoenix, Arizona.

The vast majority of growers surveyed (87 percent) said they are doing everything they can to prevent weed resistance on their own farms, a dramatic increase from respondents to a 2011 survey conducted at the same trade show, when 70 percent reported doing everything they could to control weed resistance.

The survey revealed increased confidence in other growers’ practices. More than half of growers (52 percent) surveyed reported they felt growers in their area were doing all they could to prevent weed resistance, a large increase from the 39 percent who answered that way in 2011.

Reinforcing that growers are serious about taking herbicide resistance management to the next level, 61 percent of growers surveyed in 2015 said they plan to increase their herbicide investment in 2015 and 21 percent said they would make a large increase in that investment. Only 3 percent of respondents said they will wait to see how the season unfolds to determine their herbicide investment, despite significantly lower expected commodity prices. One in three (32 percent) said they don’t plan to adjust their herbicide investment this season. For this survey, investment was described as increased time and/or money spent on crop protection.

“Weed resistance management is increasingly complicated, as weeds continue to evolve,” said James Hay, business director, North America, DuPont Crop Protection. “A season-long weed-control plan including herbicides using multiple modes of action is critical to triumphing over hard-to-control weeds and protecting yield.”

When asked about plans to control damage from disease or insects, growers indicated they value maintaining a strong crop protection plan year over year, as about 40 percent said they don’t plan to change their fungicide (39 percent) or insecticide (41 percent) investments this year. Only 5 percent of respondents said they will wait to see what happens this season before adjusting their fungicide and insecticide plans.

None of the growers surveyed said they will significantly decrease their crop protection inputs in 2015.

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