July 2, 2013 -- Last December, the leadership of the Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) program asked CCAs to take part in an online survey on the issue of herbicide-resistant weeds. By the time the survey closed in early January 2013, nearly 1700 people had answered questions about the resistant weed pressure in their areas, the most effective management tools and approaches, and the obstacles to achieving wider adoption of best management practices (BMPs) for managing herbicide resistance.
In February, International CCA Program Chair Amy Asmus presented the survey results for the first time at the 2013 Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) annual meeting in Baltimore, MD. Since then, she has also shared them at the CropLife America & RISE spring conference in Crystal City, VA, and with a group of scientists, manufacturing representatives, and government officials at CropLife Canada’s Spring Dialogue Days in Ottawa, ON. As a result, Asmus says, “The opinions of crop advisers and growers and the social and economic hurdles they face in implementing BMPs are now being recognized and validated.”
While she’s been the one attending the meetings, though, it’s really the survey findings that have done the talking, she adds. “So, I think the survey accomplished great things. We want to thank everyone who took the time to share their opinions.”
Read the full survey, which includes all the individual responses to each survey question. The results are also summarized in a paper in the July-August issue of Agronomy Journal: “Summary of Certified Crop Advisors’ Response to a Weed Resistance Survey.”