What is in this article?:
- Tennessee Valley weed resistance conference scheduled
- Tennessee experience
• The conference is a response to the increasing spread of Roundup-resistant horseweed and Palmer pigweed throughout northern Alabama this year.
• The main focus of this conference is to connect producers with the people who have had first-hand experience with these weeds, including researchers, consultants and farmers.
• The conference was inspired by numerous discussions with growers and crop consultants who have seen this weed resistance spread across other areas in the southern United States.
Bob Hayes, a plant science professor with the University of Tennessee, will give an overview on what has been learned about Palmer pigweed and horseweed control in Tennessee.
The morning program will conclude with a farmer and consultant panel discussion on these weed-resistant problems, focusing on what is working and what they would do differently if resistant weeds were just moving into their areas.
Following lunch, the Alabama Department of Agriculture's Dalton Brown and Glenn Bell will discuss new pesticide and certification options.
John Fulton, an Alabama Extension specialist and Auburn University associate professor of biosystems engineering, will outline ways that precision agricultural techniques can be used to enhance herbicide efficiency.
Concluding the conference, Bill Puckett, director of the Alabama Natural Resources Conservation Service will discuss the effects of herbicide resistance on conservation programs.
A question and answer session will follow.
Burmester says one of the more upbeat presentations of the day will be reserved for lunch. Long-time area producer Hollis Isbell will talk about how farmers have faced similar challenges in the past and how they have responded.
Conference sponsors include Auburn University, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, the University of Tennessee, the Alabama Natural Resource Conservation Service, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service.
The conference has been approved for pesticide certification and certified crop adviser points.
The conference is free and open to the public. More information is available at the Alabama Crops website, http://www.alabamacrops.com, and Alabama Precision Agriculture Online, http://www.alabamaprecisionagonline.com.
Also contact Charles Burmester at (256) 353-8702, ext. 14, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.