Cotton Producer Discusses Impacts of Weed Resistance

Today we are with Halifax County farmer Rob Flemming.

Rob, tell us, what has been the perspective of growers on weed resistance in your area?

“The perspective of growers in my area on weed resistance is that it is a very big problem. Luckily all of my neighbors are utilizing the same technologies that I have, the LibertyLink system and residual herbicide.”
 

How has that changed?
 

“It has changed a lot over the years. Years ago we were very sloppy, using RoundUP Ready in an untimely manner and no residual use. Now everyone is becoming proactive.”
 

How do you find your information on weed resistance?
 

“I have a very good consultant in my retailer, Malone Rosemond and others with Bayer. Extension has also been very good, I have a lot of good tools out there to utilize.”

You mentioned that resistant weeds made a big impact on your farm, tell us, have you been able to stay ahead of it and how?

“We have been able to stay ahead of it. You will see one or two weeds here and there but its not completely infested. We have been staying ahead of it by using residual herbicides and the LibertyLink System.”
 

Tell us about what you have seen or heard about weed resistance and their impact:
 

“I was able to attend the BayerCrop Science field day, ‘Respect the Rotation’ with my representative this year. To understand and look at the difference in using or not using residual herbicides and LibertyLink and all the different modes of action, how bad your farm could be, its very eye opening.”
 

How important are things like land values, preservation of conservation tillage and your farming legacy for future generations?
 

“Land values and the preservation of conservation tillage are extremely important to me and my future generations. Land erosion have played a big role in our operation and the continuing of the possibility of having good success in the future.”
 

How does that impact your decisions for the next growing season?
 

“We do operate using no-till / strip till and I note my weed history in every field. That plays a big role in to my variety selection and the cropping systems that I use.”
 


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