In an attempt to slow the quickening spread of herbicide-resistant weeds across the country’s farmland, a USDA-funded project is about to drop surveys in the mailboxes of some 10,000 producers. The surveys will be used to help assemble a plan to push the collective agricultural community to adopt a proactive approach to resistance management.

Part of a multi-disciplinary team, Jason Norsworthy, University of Arkansas weed scientist, spoke with Delta Farm Press about the project, its goals and why the resistance train must be slowed. Among his comments:

“A USDA-funded project was initiated about a year ago aims to understand and address the barriers to adopting many of the BMP herbicide resistance strategies which have been proven from a research standpoint to be quite effective.

“How is weed resistance being addressed in different regions across the country? What might work from one region to another?

“We tend to be reactive when it comes to resistance management. Rather than try to get in front of the problem, or be proactive, we wait until it’s an issue on the farm. Unfortunately, at that point, we’ve lost a herbicide and it won’t be part of the solution.