Respect the Rotation in the USA
Respect the Rotation is an initiative preaching the power of diversity through rotation of crops, herbicide modes of action and herbicide-tolerant traits to promote efforts that help preserve the efficacy of all herbicide-tolerant technologies and herbicides. Glyphosate-resistant weeds are spreading at an alarming rate – from rampant infestations in the South to emerging populations in the Midwest. Respect the Rotation was developed to popularize a three-step practice that provides opportunities for herbicide diversity:
- Rotate Crops: Crop rotation is a key component of the Respect the Rotation initiative, enabling herbicide diversity through the application of different herbicide modes of action across multiple crops.
- Rotate Herbicide-Tolerant Traits: Herbicide-tolerant traits allow producers to use normally non-selective over-the-top herbicides without harming crops.
- Rotate Modes of Action: The use of herbicides with different modes of action is essential to reducing the selection pressure on resistant weeds. The more often a single herbicidal mode of action is used on a field, the more selection pressure for resistance is applied to the targeted weeds, which increases the likeliness of the evolution of resistant biotypes.