Managing resistance requires a new mindset!
Herbicide-resistant weeds are a game changer for agriculture just as drug-resistant microbes have been a game changer for the health care industry.
o They have occurred with multiple classes of chemistry.
o They have evolved because of complacent management.
o Managers need to be more observant and disciplined to avoid this problem.
The technology is not to blame—problem is based on how the technology was used.
All actors in the system (university, industry, agency, dealers, farmers) are to blame for the problem.
o They must work together to find and implement solutions; only then can preparation meet opportunity.
Kochia (Kochia scoparia), courtesy of WildBoar (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fille:Kochia_scoparia_02.jpg).