“Black-Grass Task Force” in the UK
Herbicide-resistant black grass is by far the biggest threat to arable farmers in the UK. In some parts of East Anglia farmers have been forced to plow under their entire crop because of fields overgrown with resistant weeds. That was one reason why Bayer UK set up a Black Grass Task Force and launched a very informative website highlighting the four building blocks of black-grass management: checking the weed population; cultivating soil as part of a cultural control strategy; enhancing crop competition; and diversifying chemical control, i.e. applying herbicides with different modes of action to reduce selection pressure.