Third annual BASF poll finds farmers recognize herbicide resistance is a problem, but less than half suspect they have it
MISSISSAUGA, ON, February 18, 2014 - According to the third annual herbicide resistance poll conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of BASF Canada Inc., 86 percent of growers say weed resistance is increasingly becoming a concern and most (89 percent) agree they will adjust their growing practices to prevent herbicide resistance on their farm. Interestingly, less than half of those polled (44 percent) suspect they have troublesome weeds.
The telephone poll was conducted between December 14 and 23, 2013, among a sample of 500 farmers in Western and Eastern Canada with minimum acre thresholds. The first poll was conducted in 2011.
“Growers are increasingly concerned with herbicide resistance – they are even telling us they know how to manage the problem,” said Danielle Eastman, BASF Brand Manager - Western Herbicides & Clearfield. “But according to recent poll results, some still don’t think it affects them directly.”
Ian Heap, Ph.D., a global weed scientist and the director of the International Survey of Herbicide-Resistant Weeds, is monitoring the incidence of herbicide-resistant weeds from around the world with his team.
“There are 416 different herbicide-resistant weeds that occur around the world and Canada now has 59,” said Heap. “One of the most important things farmers can do to reduce the occurrence of herbicide resistance is mix things up – either by crop rotation, tank-mixing or by simply using different modes of action in sequence.”
According to the poll, growers do know how to combat the problem. Half of those polled agreed glyphosate alone is no longer effective in controlling weeds. The majority (96 percent) also indicated they used herbicides from more than one herbicide group to manage weeds and 98 percent said they used crop rotation as an effective herbicide-resistant weed management strategy.
Over the past few years, the BASF innovation pipeline has introduced eight new active ingredients and 25 new products to aid in the fight against tough weeds. Currently, BASF has more than 10 modes of action in its Eastern Canadian portfolio and seven different modes of action with 14 active ingredients in Western Canada.
“Through innovative solutions, agronomic support, and industry best practices, BASF is committed to helping growers in the fight against resistance,” said Eastman.
Full tabular results of the poll are available at www.ipsos.ca. For more information on BASF crop protection products in Canada, visit www.agsolutions.ca and visit www.weedscience.org to learn more about the International Survey of Herbicide-Resistant Weeds.
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