To address the increasingly urgent problem of herbicide resistance, the following recommendations are offered:

  1. Reduce the weed seedbank through diversified programs that minimize weed-seed production.
  2. Implement an herbicide MOA labeling system for all herbicide products and conduct an awareness campaign.
  3. Communicate that discovery of new, effective herbicide MOAs is rare and that the existing herbicide resource is exhaustible.
  4. Demonstrate the benefits and costs of proactive, diversified weed-management systems for the mitigation of herbicide-resistant weeds.
  5. Foster the development of incentives by government agencies and industry that conserve critical herbicide MOAs as a means to encourage adoption of best practices.
  6. Promote the application of full-labeled rates at the appropriate weed and crop growth stage. When tank mixtures are employed to control the range of weeds present in a field, each product should be used at the specified label rate appropriate for the weeds present.
  7. Identify and promote individual BMPs that fit specific farming segments with the greatest potential impact.
  8. Engage the public and private sectors in the promotion of BMPs, including those concerning appropriate herbicide use.
  9. Direct federal, state, and industry funding to research addressing the substantial knowledge gaps in BMPs for herbicide resistance and to support cooperative extension services as vital agents in education for resistance management.

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