herbicide resistance

The Growing Challenge of Herbicide Resistance


herbicide resistance
Tractor spray fertilize with insecticide herbicide chemicals in agriculture field.
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We are all very aware of the growing challenge of herbicide resistance: Palmer amaranth and waterhemp are making more headlines due to their resistance against HPPD-inhibiting herbicides. 

So, BASF is taking the month of July to raise awareness of herbicide resistance across the Corn Belt to help preserve existing chemistries for seasons to come. 

“Invasive weeds not only compete for vital resources on early-season corn stands but can also significantly impact yield,” said Josh Putman, Technical Marketing Manager at BASF. “A six-inch weed, while seemingly small, can cause up to 7% yield loss in corn production if left uncontrolled. Diversifying a weed management program is crucial to effectively controlling existing weed species in a field, subsequently reducing the weed seed bank and preserving existing chemistries on the market.” 


When applied correctly, herbicides with multiple active ingredients, along with cultural practices like crop rotation, can create an integrated weed control approach that keeps weed pressures at bay. 

BASF encourages growers to learn more about some of the newest available herbicides being used for HPPD resistance. Learn more from your local BASF technical representative or retailer about how to diversify your weed control program and help prevent resistance.