BASF and equipment manufacturer AGCO plan to join forces on BASF’s Operation Weed Eradication initiative. The collaboration will provide farmers with agronomic expertise to help promote best practices for on-farm eradication of pigweed, according to a news release.
Herbicide-resistant pigweed is a major economic issue for U.S. farmers. It has the ability to grow rapidly and produce large amounts of seed, out-competing crops and causing significant yield loss. Operation Weed Eradication calls on the industry to take action against pigweed through a balanced approach of cultural and mechanical practices, chemical control and diligence.
“Collaboration within our industry is an important factor for making Operation Weed Eradication a success,” Scott Kay, vice president, U.S. Crop, BASF Agricultural Solutions, said in the release. “We are proud to work with AGCO to give farmers the best cultural and mechanical recommendations to make on-farm eradication of pigweed a priority.”
Beyond chemistry, implementing sound cultural and mechanical practices is key to help eliminate seed production of pigweed.
To learn more about the pigweed program, visit OperationWeedEradication.com.