Australia launches WeedSmart initiative
Representatives from the Australian agrochemical industry, along with government researchers and academics, have joined forces to launch a programme aimed at preventing herbicide resistance. The WeedSmart initiative provides a “practical and innovative tool kit of resources” for advisers and growers, says WeedSmart chair Dr Stephen Hole. It has a ten-point action plan that includes recommendations such as testing for resistance, aiming for 100% control and never reducing the application rate on the label. WeedSmart offers a mobile phone application for determining a farm’s level of herbicide resistance. Herbicide resistance is said to cost Australian agriculture at least Aus$200 million (US$209 million) annually through reduced yields.