Technologies used to control weeds today took perhaps decades to come online, Nick Hustedde of FMC told Chuck Zimmerman at the National Farm Machinery Show. That’s why it’s so important to preserve what we have and make it last as long as we can; looking down the line the technologies available to us today will need to last for the next ten years.
We need multiple, effective modes of action to really preserve those technologies, Hustedde says. Pre-Emergence is important not just for yield potential, but also to limit the number of weeds exposed to the post-emerge treatment.
“When we think about just a general principle in weed science, one in one billion of any given weeds can be resistant to any given herbicide. That’s just how they adapt in nature, so if we’ve got a solid pre-treatment out, we’re minimizing the number of individuals exposed, we’re really doing a better job of stewarding those post technologies.”
Growers need to think about weed management as a long term process, Hustedde emphasizes. Listen to Chuck’s full interview with him here to learn about FMC’s trials in evaluating weed resistance: Interview with Nick Hustedde, FMC