ST. LOUIS, Mo., March 26, 2008 - Information, and access to it, are critical components of weed control, according to Dr. Rick Cole, Monsanto technology development manager. The company announces the redesign of weedresistancemanagement.com , making it more focused on weed control solutions in both conventional and Roundup Ready technology systems, while delivering a more user-friendly interface. The site provides farmers information and guidance on effective weed management, ways to reduce the risk of developing weed resistance, and options to maximize yield potential through proper stewardship of traits and herbicides.
Cole said the site makes it easy for farmers to find information in three main categories: general weed management, Roundup Ready® technology and news and insight from popular press and other third parties.
"The purpose is to provide a simple web site that farmers can use to get information about managing glyphosate-resistant weeds, as well as general weed management guidelines for their fields," he explained. "This site and other educational efforts illustrate our commitment, as a company that is 100 percent focused on agriculture, to provide farmers tools that will help ensure their long-term success by sustaining Roundup Ready systems."
The web site provides access to:
Weed resistance management recommendations and best practices offered by Monsanto and leading university weed scientists
Information on biology and control of tough-to-control weed species
Recommendations for the use of Roundup Ready technology in corn, cotton, soybeans, canola, alfalfa and sugar beets
Links to university extension weed science web sites and to Commodity organization training modules
Weed resistance management news articles and other resources
Cole noted that, as part of its commitment to stewardship, Monsanto also invests significantly in research involving weed resistance management and the proper use of the company's proprietary herbicides.
"This research, done in conjunction with university scientists, extension specialists and crop consultants, includes an evaluation of the factors that can contribute to the development of weed resistance and how to properly manage weeds to delay the development of resistance," he explained.
Monsanto has also developed an online tool, www.weedtool.com, that farmers can use to assess their risk of developing weed resistance to glyphosate in corn and soybean production on a field-by-field basis and associated management steps that can reduce that risk.
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