DuPont survey shows herbicide resistance to be top priority for farmers

A survey by DuPont Crop Protection, released at the 2015 Commodity Classic in Phoenix, Arizona, has revealed that herbicide resistance management remains a top priority for corn and soybean growers.

"Weed resistance management is increasingly complicated, as weeds continue to evolve," James Hay, business director of DuPont Crop Protection North America, said. "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."

Highlights of the survey results show increased confidence in other growers’ practices and that farmers are willing to increase their herbicide investment in 2015. Approximately 40 percent do not plan to change their fungicide or insecticides this year, and one-third of respondents do not plan to adjust their herbicide labor or expenditures this season.

None of those surveyed intend to decrease their crop protection significantly. Sixty-one percent indicated plans to increase herbicide investment, with 21 percent citing a large increase amount.

"Growers are aware of the increasing populations of resistant weeds and diseases spreading across the country and are doing what they can to protect profitability and sustainability of their operations by taking action against resistance," Hay said. "Understanding those weed and disease pressures, local DuPont experts are helping growers find sustainable, integrated crop protection strategies to maximize their profits, minimize risk and protect yield potential."

The Commodity Classic, an annual event for America’s corn, wheat, soybean and sorghum farmers, is the nation’s largest farmer-focused convention and trade show.

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