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NRCS Helps Agricultural Producers Combat Herbicide Resistant Weeds

Funds Available to Hire Crop Consultant to Develop Conservation Activity Plan; Applications Due July 6, 2012

Little Rock, Arkansas – June 20, 2012 – Herbicide resistance in weeds has become one of the most challenging issues facing the agriculture industry.  Palmer amaranth, commonly called ‘pigweed,’ has become one of the most troublesome weeds in the South because of its fast growth rate, high seed production and development of herbicide resistance.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Arkansas received additional funds to help farmers who are experiencing problems combating pigweed.  Producers have until July 6, 2012, to apply for financial assistance.

Approved applications will receive funds to hire a crop consultant who is also a registered technical service provider (TSP) with NRCS.  The TSP will assist the producer by developing a conservation activity plan (CAP) that will target herbicide resistant weeds.  Producers will receive incentives to manage their resistance weeds in conservation tillage systems to protect soil and water quality in conjunction with educational components.

“The overreliance on one class of herbicide for the control of weeds has accelerated the resistance issues seen in multiple states in the south.  In Arkansas, heavy infestation of glyphosate resistant pigweed has been reported in multiple counties,” said John Lee, an NRCS agronomist. “Some producers may revert to more mechanical means of weed control to address this problem.  Reverting back to conventional tillage systems could impact the benefits gained from conservation tillage systems.”

To apply for assistance, visit your local USDA/NRCS field service center. To locate the local office, visit http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/contact/local.