If you're a good herbicide resistance fighter – or if you know of one who is – Syngenta wants you to enlist in their 2013 Resistance Fighter of the Year competition. Top winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Syngenta Vero Beach Research Center in Florida next January.
Winners will also be spokespersons for resistance management in key industry trade shows, and interact with other resistance leaders from throughout the nation. They also will be eligible for continuing education credits for participation.
Resistance fighters are nominated by peers, and one northern and southern U.S. candidate will be honored as 2013 Resistance Fighters of the Year by Syngenta.
Eligible candidates are farm managers, crop consultants and county extension agents.
There are now 14 different weed species in 30 states that face serious herbicide resistance, notes company spokesman Matt Les Glasgow, company herbicide technical product lead The role of resistance fighters in invaluable, he adds, for sustaining long-term productive of the nation's farm lands, he adds.
"Even though there is an array of herbicides and cultural practices that can be utilized for weed management, over-dependence on one chemical is still an issue," he states. "This resistance has resulted in some farmlands becoming so overrun with resistant weeds that they're not unusable.
"It is imperative that we take some action now to stop resistant weeds from spreading any further, and these Resistance Fighters are leading the way by using and encouraging best management practices."
With an ever-growing need to educate growers about resistance management, winners in the contest will serve as spokesmen for working to arrest the spread of weeds that are not controlled using herbicides, says Glasgow.
Nominations for Syngenta's Resistance Fighter of the Year contest must be filed by Sept. 13 at www.ResistanaceFighter.com. You can follow the progress of the contest on twitter at @SyngentaUS and via Facebook at Facebook.com/FarmAssist.
Some nominators will receive electronic notebooks.