All forms of agricultural production have historically endured losses to weeds — and all farmers are challenged with the simple fact that weed control methods have limited life spans. Weeds simply adapt or evolve resistance — but plant biotechnology companies have created resistance management plans which delay the inevitable emergence of resistance to biotech-derived methods of control and to impede the spread of weed resistance. These plans have worked so well that 16 years after commercialization of biotech crops, there is minimal resistance in the field. How is this possible? Through industry’s strong commitment to stewardship and responsible use and management of its products — from R&D phases to seed production all the way to farmers. This session features farmers, environmental and stewardship experts discussing the impact of agriculture on the environment and explaining how growers and technology providers are working closely to protect against resistance and utilize biotechnology sustainability.

Ability Level: All

Session ID: 2096

myBIO Chatter

Speakers (3)

contact_10041 Sean McMahon North American Agriculture Program Director The Nature Conservancy
User John Reifsteck Corn and Soybean Farmer Western Champaign County, Illinois
User John Soteres Chairman Herbicide Resistance Action Committee

Moderators (1)

User Denise Dewar Executive Director CropLife International