“México es maíz” – and resistance to herbicides is growing
24 Oktober, 2017
24 October, 2017
Resistance a recent issueWeed resistance became an issue for Samuel in 2015. “That was when I noticed the reduced efficacy of the conventional herbicides I was using and the need for more care on my weed control,” he explains. And he is not alone. “My fellow farmers in this area have also become very much aware of the problem of herbicide-resistant weeds.” The most serious resistant weed in cultivating corn is Ixophorus unisetus, whose common names include crane grass, turkey grass, Honduras or, rather significantly, Mexican grass. In winter wheat the resistant weeds are mainly wild oats (Avena fatua) and water grass (Echinochloa crusgalli).
Diversity and application technology
Samuel uses a combination of various herbicides containing different active ingredients to tackle the resistance problem in his corn and winter wheat. In this he enjoys the support of agricultural advisors such as Victor Adrian Rodriguez, a sales representative who has developed a strong relationship with him. “At Bayer we are combining herbicides featuring different modes of action and coaching farmers on how to use effective dosage rates, acceptable water volumes and adequate nozzle types for spraying herbicides,” Victor Adrian Rodriguez explains. “Other important aspects to consider are the application window, application time, and checking the pH of the water and the solution during the application.” The support to farmers on what and how to spray is key to enhance yield and productivity.
Thanks to the heightened awareness of weed resistance and increasing knowledge of how to tackle the problem, Samuel Sahagun and his fellow farmers are confident of maintaining Jalisco’s leading role in corn production. “México es maíz y Jalisco es México” – in the country that pioneered corn production many millennia ago farmers like Samuel are demonstrating how to cope with today’s crop challenges.