The National Association of Wheat Growers has launched the Wheat Weed Resistance Management Course, available through the NAWG Web site at http://www.wheatworld.org/WRMC/. This Web-based tool allows growers, students and other ag stakeholders to learn the best practices for managing weed resistance in wheat crops.

The Wheat WRMC includes six different courses, each specific to a different region in which wheat is grown. The regions covered are the Pacific North West, the Northern, Central and Southern Plains, the Southeast and the Southwest.

These region-specific lessons have been reviewed by weed science experts in the six regions, including: Carol Mallory-Smith of Oregon State University; Phil Stahlman of Kansas State University; Bill Dyer of Montana State University; Case Medlin of Oklahoma State University; and Henry Wilson of Virginia Tech University. Lynn Fandrich of Colorado State University spearheaded the development of course content.

This easy-to-use tool will allow growers to quickly and conveniently understand what steps are necessary to manage the development of resistant weeds,” said Daren Coppock, NAWG and NAWG Foundation CEO.

"The Web-based nature of the course lets the growers take the lessons when they want to and at their own pace.”

Management of weed resistance is a crucial element of good farm management. Application of best practices to address weed resistance will increase the effective lifespan of weed control technologies and will allow growers to have more choices in their approach to weed management. Farmers can increase yield and decrease costs by practicing good stewardship in their operations.

"Wheat growers have always been good stewards of the land and the tools they use to produce food. The Wheat WRMC allows them to hone their skills for weed management,” Coppock said.