Case Study: a cautionary tale from down under.
Australian agronomist Josh Lade has witnessed the most severe effects of herbicide resistance first-hand. "In Australia, herbicide resistance has been a terrible problem for years," says Lade.
In Australia, herbicide resistance has been a terrible problem for years
"It's affected the entire way they farm. When Australian growers make cropping decisions for the upcoming year, their resistant weed spectrum is one of the primary considerations. It's not a question of what they want to grow, it's about what they're able to grow."
Five years ago, Josh came to Canada to work on a large grain farm in Saskatchewan. Lade recalls that there wasn't a lot of resistance concerns when he first arrived. "...when I first started, almost everyone said it wasn't a problem because the fall frosts and the harsh winter climate would get the weeds. I believe this may have delayed it somewhat, but resistance is definitely here now."
When asked what advice Josh would give to Canadian growers, "Be proactive and vigilant," he says. "Learn from our mistakes. Canada is still in a good place to effectively manage resistance, so growers here need to put a plan in place while they still have the tools available."
Learn from our mistakes. Canada is still in a good place to effectively manage resistance...