New online resource helps growers manage resistance

CropLife Canada
Thursday, 15 November 2018 | Ottawa
By CropLife Canada
Manage Resistance Now (ManageResistanceNow.ca) is a new online resource developed by CropLife Canada to help growers minimize the development of herbicide, fungicide and insecticide resistance on their farms.

"Approximately three out of five Canadian growers say they deal with herbicide-resistant weeds," says Paul Hoekstra, senior stewardship and policy manager at Syngenta and chair of CropLife Canada's resistance management committee. "Manage Resistance Now addresses this concern by helping growers adopt best practices to manage resistance and protect crop yield and quality. By starting today and taking it one field at a time, they'll help ensure sustainable crop production for the future."

Resistance best management practices promoted on the website include a combination of cultural, mechanical, biological, and chemical control measures. Visitors can also access resources including videos and case studies profiling growers, crop advisors and researchers from across the country who share their experiences with resistance.

ManageResistanceNow.ca is currently focused on herbicide resistance, which has a significant economic impact on Canadian farms - up to $1.5 billion annually due to costs related increased herbicide use and decreased yield and quality. In the near future, resources will be added to help growers manage fungicide and insecticide resistance.

Growers and crop advisors are encouraged to join the conversation on Facebook (@ManageResistanceNow) and Twitter (@ProtectYourLand) to keep updated on the latest resistance information.

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