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The Three Stages of Weed Resistance Awareness, a simple warning

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The “one-more-year” farmer takes a big gamble when it comes to herbicide resistance. That one more year can end up being costly.

The biggest mistake farmers make in the battle against weed resistance is to simply wait too long to do anything about it. The one-more-year farmer tries to make another round with his current one-thing-fits-all herbicide management program, and it ends up being a costly decision.

This farmer takes a big gamble when it comes to herbicide resistance. And it’s a foolish gamble for a simple reason: The farmer knows, or strongly suspects, that weeds on his farm are not all succumbing to his herbicide regiment. Yet, he opts for the same strategy one more year. That’s kind of like ignoring the chest pains long enough to get one more round of golf in before calling the ambulance.

The one-thing-fits-all approach to weed management days have passed, especially for cotton, and should be regaled to nostalgia and "remember-when" stories.

Research in recent years, especially in cotton, has well established that a systems approach to weed control is a must these days, laying down the residuals, getting them activated, then timely hitting weeds with multiple chemistries as the season progresses, and keeping a weed-chopping crew on speed-dial to come in when escapes appear, which will happen even under the best management eye.

Thinking about the one-more-year guy reminds me of what could be deemed the Three Stages of Weed Resistance Awareness.

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