Soybean Update Featuring Bill Johnson

(Jamie) Welcome back to Farm Factor and the Kansas Soybean Update.
(Greg Akagi) This is the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. Bill Johnson, Professor of Weed Science at Purdue University joins us. Bill, you have been one of the leaders in developing, and promoting the United Soybean Board’s Take Action Herbicide-Resistance Resources. Why is that so important right now for producers to see this information? (Bill Johnson) I think it’s for all of us to understand that herbicide resistance now is certainly an issue that’s affecting many farming operations. It’s a national threat to our corn and soybean production acres, also, to our wheat production acres. It’s growing very rapidly in the Midwest, and the Plains states. Many of our farmers have gotten used to utilizing a single herbicide, glyphosate. Now, because of resistance issues, we’re having to adopt more complicated and costly strategies. What we’re trying to do is help the grower adjust to these strategies, and also maintain a high yield and a profitable crop production system. (Greg) In this case too, it’s also a really partnership between folks like yourself at Purdue University, the herbicide providers, and in this case, Soybeans as far as what they’re wanting to do to manage herbicide resistant weeds. (Bill) Yes. That’s correct. Originally, this was driven by the fact that there were many academics working on this topic. As herbicide resistant weed problems started to infest more and more soybean acres, our soybean grower leadership was proactive in going out and providing some support for us to work more collaboratively together. Both from the academic standpoint, and with industry to help bring the message to growers on how to manage weeds better. Having the funding support, from the Soybean Checkoff has been very instrumental in developing the brand, or the logo, and certainly in distributing the information that we produced at the University. (Greg) If they go to website, takeactiononweeds.com, that some of the things they’re going to find there is that type of information? (Bill) We have a series of printed guide sheets available for control of specific weeds, on how to use glyphosate more effectively, on how to use other herbicides more effectively, the economics of weed resistance. There’s a number of one page Fact Sheets on that. There’s also access to many of the states’ resources, such as their Weed Control Guide, Weed Identification Guide. The other thing that we’re doing with that funding as well, is we are conducting demonstration plots in every state that is getting funding for this. We’re doing these summer demonstration plots at sites that have herbicide resistant weeds. We’re also following up with winter meetings too, which are funded by the checkoff dollars. (Greg) What’s the website they can go to, to get all these information? (Bill) takeactiononweeds.com. (Greg) Bill, we appreciate your time. Thank you very much. (Bill) OK, thank you. (Greg) That is Bill Johnson, Professor of Weed Science at Purdue University, our guest on the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by, the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. Learn more at kansassoybeans.org. For Kansas Soybeans, I’m Greg Akagi.
(Jamie) Hope you enjoyed this week’s Kansas Soybean Update! Stay with us after the break for more Farm Factor.

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