Today we are visiting with Wes Everman, Weed Science specialist with NCSU. Wes, what does integrated weed management mean and what is the most important aspect?
“Integrated weed management is a term we often use when we talk about controlling weeds and using multiple practices. Its something we want to do to lessen the potential for resistance. In many cases it involved incorporating tillage or some other form of weed management, such as cover crops. The most important aspect of integrated weed management is really diversifying practices and not solely relying on one thing for a particular weed. If we can incorporate multiple practices for weed control, we will be much better off in resistance management.”
What does herbicide stewardship mean to you? And why is it important?
“Herbicide stewardship means keeping our herbicides around for the long term. Just like any other type of stewardship, we try to manage our herbicides so that we don’t lose them. We want the value in those herbicides and want them to be effective for the long term. This is important because in many cases, even today, we don’t have a lot of herbicides to choose from. So if we lose more and more, our job as weed managers becomes much more difficult.”
Wes, explain why its important to stay ahead of weed resistance:
“Its important to stay ahead of weed resistance because once you get on that downward slope of having resistance, it’s a game of catch up and you don’t have all the tools available. If you are proactive, and you manage your weeds in a way to avoid resistance, you have a lot more options in weed management.”
Explain how LibertyLink is an effective management tool:
“LibertyLink is an effective management tool because it offers us a different way to control weeds. Right now the majority of our soybeans are based on the RoundUp ready system. We have a few more acres of cotton that is based on our Liberty herbicide system and what it does is it picks up some of the weeds that we struggle to control with other modes of action. Right now we relying heavily on the PTO inhibitors and Liberty gives us another management option.”