In addition to best practices for growers, the WSSA report also recommends important steps that other key stakeholders should take to address the increasingly urgent problem of herbicide resistance.  Examples include: 

  • Requiring that product labels show each herbicide’s mechanism of action – helping growers more readily identify suitable products for a diversified weed management program.
  • Developing government and industry incentives to encourage adoption of best practices.
  • Using federal, state and industry funding to support education programs and to pursue research that will help everyone learn more about resistance.

“Herbicides are critical to the sustainability of agriculture and to the security of our food, feed, fiber and energy,” Lym says. “It is time for us to treat them as the scarce resources they are.  Using herbicides in an appropriate way as part of an integrated weed management program can mitigate resistance and preserve herbicide effectiveness for future generations.” 

The WSSA’s recommendations and full report, including supporting scientific references, are accessible online(http://wssa.net/Weeds/Resistance/BMPExecutiveSummary.pdf).  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) supported the development of the document.