Syngenta Honors Fighters of Weed Resistance

• Resistance Fighters™ of the Year recognized for leadership and advocacy in fight against glyphosate weed resistance • Two retailers receive award for outstanding weed-management efforts • Education and one-on-one advising key to combating weed resistance

GREENSBORO, N.C. –Sound agronomic advice from local leaders is helping growers in many areas win the fight against glyphosate weed resistance. The Resistance Fighter™ of the Yearprogram, sponsored by Syngenta, recognizes these leaders for helping educate growers about the importance of proactive management and equipping them with information and tools to combat resistance in their fields.

The 2010 Syngenta Resistance Fighters of the Year are:

·         Southern winner Keith Baioni, business manager of crop protection products, Jimmy Sanders Inc., Cleveland, Miss.

·         Northern winner Steve Muhlenbruch, agronomist, Farmer’s Cooperative Company, Dows, Iowa

“The Resistance Fighter of the Year program is designed to honor those who show exemplary leadership in the fight against glyphosate weed resistance,” said Chuck Foresman, manager of weed resistance strategies, Syngenta. “Effectively managing this issue is a top priority for our 2010 winners, and they deserve to be recognized for their efforts.”

In Mississippi, where six weeds have been confirmed resistant to glyphosate, Baioni has made it his mission to educate growers, Sanders field staff and others in the industry about how to successfully manage glyphosate-resistant weeds. In keeping with Sanders’ philosophy that it is a partner to its growers “before seed and beyond harvest,” he developed the concept of F.A.R.M.'N. (Fall Applied Resistance Management Now) as a means to raise grower awareness of the challenges they face year-round and their need to develop a comprehensive weed-management plan well before the growing season. 

“Producers need to be proactive and develop resistance-management plans that are tailor-made to the specific weed issues on their farms,” said Baioni. “Product mix, mode of action, crop rotation and tillage should all be given careful consideration when planning for successful weed management.” 

Baionirecommends products like Gramoxone Inteon® herbicide for burndown and early post-emergence applications of residual herbicides like Prefix® in soybeans and Halex® GT in corn.

North-central Iowa is just starting to see pockets of glyphosate-resistant weeds, but according to Muhlenbruch, resistance is inevitable if growers don’t adapt. 

“Glyphosate is a good tool, but it’s not the complete answer,” said Muhlenbruch, who works closely with his customers, often one-on-one, to explain the agronomic and economic benefits of minimizing the impact of glyphosate-resistant weeds. 

Muhlenbruchemphasizes the importance of timing and scouting fields so problems can be addressed quickly if necessary. “If we don’t change things up, glyphosate resistance is bound to happen, and it won’t be pretty,” he said. “So this season, for example, more than 80 percent of my customers plan to diversify with an early residual herbicide in soybeans.”

For additional modes of action, Muhlenbruch recommends products like Prefix herbicide in soybeans and Harness® pre-emerge or Halex GT herbicide early post-emerge in corn. 

Foresman believes that concerted efforts like Baioni’s education programs and Muhlenbruch’s personal approach will help growers stay productive and profitable, despite the growth of glyphosate weed resistance.

“Keith and Steve are making a difference in their areas, and Syngenta is pleased to recognize their work,” he said.  “They clearly earned the title of 2010 Resistance Fighter of the Year.”

The 2010 Resistance Fighters of the Year were selected by a panel including former Resistance Fighters of the Year, university weed scientists and Syngenta experts.  To learn more about the Resistance Fighter of the Year program and those honored with the award, visit www.resistancefighter.com.  The site also offers news and information about glyphosate weed resistance, a blog with insight from Foresman and a customized solution builder.

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