In many respects, it was a groundbreaking moment recently as several ag companies came together in a show of unity in the battle against resistant pigweed. Monsanto hosted the meeting at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, and representatives from Syngenta, FMC, Makhteshim Agan of America (MANA), Valent and Willmar Fabrication also were speakers on the program.
Each company is participating in the Roundup Ready Plus platform, which serves as a resource for recommendations on weed management in Roundup Ready crops backed by third-party endorsements and offers incentives to farmers using multiple modes of action in weed control systems.
“It’s encouraging to see all of these companies coming together to focus on how we can help farmers deal with the resistant pigweed issue,” says Chris Reat, Roundup marketing manager.
The Roundup Ready Plus platform incentives have increased up to $22 per acre in cotton for 2012. Southern soybean farmers can receive up to $10 per acre in incentives.
“This season we’re adding more choices and increasing the total dollar amount per acre,” Reat adds.
Success In Arkansas
Arkansas producer Danny Finch, who has had his share of problems with resistant pigweed through the years, is a big believer in the Roundup Ready Plus recommendations. He also spoke to the crowd of media and company officials in attendance.
“There was a big learning curve for me,” he says. “After a few seasons, we realized we had a big problem. So, we started going to meetings and developed a plan. We have definitely made some progress.”
Finch’s strategy involved using overlapping residual herbicide applications of 2-4D, Valor, Reflex and Cotoran. He also used Warrant herbicide, and his crop hasn’t encountered any damage from the various applications.
Dave Rhylander, Monsanto’s director of marketing for the Southern Region, says he can tell that Mid-South and Southeast cotton producers are making progress against pigweed.
“When I drive through certain areas, I can see cleaner cotton fields,” says Rhylander. “I know we’re making progress. Farmers know that it’s necessary to use more residual herbicides. From that standpoint, I’m very encouraged where we’re headed.”
Monsanto contributed information for this article.