Herbicide resistance among weeds has become a significant challenge, so farmers must explore diverse strategies for weed management.

GROW (Getting Rid of Weeds) is a scientist-led network coordinating research to help farmers across the U.S. fight herbicide resistance. Their focus extends beyond chemical solutions to encompass non-chemical techniques, emphasizing three key areas: harvest weed seed control, cover crops, and precision weed management.

In this episode, Michael Flessner, Virginia Tech Associate Professor and Extension Weed Science Specialist, along with Karen Corrigan, CCA and Independent Agronomist at McGillicuddy Corrigan Agronomics, join Kelsey Litchfield to discuss GROW’s comprehensive approach to weed management, emphasizing collaboration, research, and outreach for greater diversity of weed control strategies to complement chemical use.

They discuss the rising challenge of herbicide resistance and how GROW’s website offers a multitude of resources for farmers including a weed management planner, identification of weeds, webinars, news, and more. Visit https://growiwm.org/ to learn more about their efforts.

Combine harvesting a soybean field infested with common ragweed (darker spots). Equipment can easily spread common ragweed seed. Photo credit: GROW – Michael Flessner, Virginia Tech.

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About the Author: Kelsey Litchfield

Kelsey Litchfield is the Agronomic Outreach Specialist for the Illinois Soybean Association. In her role, she manages ILSoyAdvisor media platforms and assists the agronomy team with events and field days. A native of Rio, IL, Kelsey earned her bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2017 where she double majored in Agricultural Communications and Broadcast Journalism.

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