Funds to support the Regional Listening Sessions were provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture–Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (Agreement No. 16-2000-0077GR), the United Soybean Board, and the Weed Science Society of America. The findings and conclusions in this Publication have not been formally disseminated by the U. S. Department of Agriculture and should not be construed to represent any agency determination or policy. The contributions of Bruce Knight and Julie Knight, Strategic Conservation Solutions, LLC, to the success of this effort are gratefully acknowledged. No conflicts of interest have been declared.
Herbicide resistance, Weeds -- Control
Herbicide resistance is ‘wicked’ in nature; therefore, results of the many educational efforts to encourage diversification of weed control practices in the United States have been mixed. It is clear that we do not sufficiently understand the totality of the grassroots obstacles, concerns, challenges, and specific solutions needed for varied crop production systems. Weed management issues and solutions vary with such variables as management styles, regions, cropping systems, and available or affordable technologies. Therefore, to help the weed science community better understand the needs and ideas of those directly dealing with herbicide resistance, seven half-day regional listening sessions were held across the United States between December 2016 and April 2017 with groups of diverse stakeholders on the issues and potential solutions for herbicide resistance management. The major goals of the sessions were to gain an understanding of stakeholders and their goals and concerns related to herbicide resistance management, to become familiar with regional differences, and to identify decision maker needs to address herbicide resistance. The messages shared by listening-session participants could be summarized by six themes: we need new herbicides; there is no need for more regulation; there is a need for more education, especially for others who were not present; diversity is hard; the agricultural economy makes it difficult to make changes; and we are aware of herbicide resistance but are managing it. The authors concluded that more work is needed to bring a community-wide, interdisciplinary approach to understanding the complexity of managing weeds within the context of the whole farm operation and for communicating the need to address herbicide resistance.
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Schroeder, J., Barrett, M., Shaw, D. R., Asmus, A. B., Coble, H., Ervin, D., ... & Culpepper, A. S. (2018). Managing wicked herbicide-resistance: Lessons from the field. Weed Technology, 32(4), 475-488.