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1 April 2009 U.S. Farmer Awareness of Glyphosate-Resistant Weeds and Resistance Management Strategies
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A survey of farmers from six U.S. states (Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Mississippi, and North Carolina) was conducted to assess the farmers' views on glyphosate-resistant (GR) weeds and tactics used to prevent or manage GR weed populations in genetically engineered (GE) GR crops. Only 30% of farmers thought GR weeds were a serious issue. Few farmers thought field tillage and/or using a non-GR crop in rotation with GR crops would be an effective strategy. Most farmers did not recognize the role that the recurrent use of an herbicide plays in evolution of resistance. A substantial number of farmers underestimated the potential for GR weed populations to evolve in an agroecosystem dominated by glyphosate as the weed control tactic. These results indicate there are major challenges that the agriculture and weed science communities must face to implement long-term sustainable GE GR-based cropping systems within the agroecosystem.

Nomenclature: Glyphosate.

William G. Johnson, Micheal D. K. Owen, Greg R. Kruger, Bryan G. Young, David R. Shaw, Robert G. Wilson, John W. Wilcut, David L. Jordan, and Stephen C. Weller "U.S. Farmer Awareness of Glyphosate-Resistant Weeds and Resistance Management Strategies," Weed Technology 23(2), 308-312, (1 April 2009).
Received: 18 December 2008; Accepted: 1 March 2009; Published: 1 April 2009

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