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What a Community in the Heartland Can Teach Us About Resistance Management

September 18, 2019

Is there an effective way for local communities to band together to battle weeds, insects, and other pests that become resistant to treatment? To explore that question, the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) and Entomological Society of America(ESA) organized a recent tour of a state-sponsored resistance management demonstration project in Harrison County, Iowa.

More than 70 stakeholders from across the nation participated, from researchers and policymakers to ag-industry representatives.

Tackling pest resistance in Iowa

January 17, 2020

Resistance to pesticides, genetic traits and other control practices continues to show up in weeds, insects and disease pathogens in Iowa. If this problem isn’t addressed, crop yields will decrease, or crop production costs will increase — or both. Iowa has taken the lead on the issue by creating and implementing the Iowa Pest Resistance Management Program. 

Community Collaboration--Why Pest Resistance Management must Involve Group Action

April 8, 2020

By Paul Lasley, Iowa State University Sociologist

In my last editorial I argued that group action is required if we are to effectively manage field crop pests by concluding, “Some things are too big for anyone to accomplish alone and too important not to try to do together.”  

There is little doubt that productivity gains in corn and soybeans can be attributed, in part, to better pest management, which often relies upon herbicides and insecticides. However these pesticides are becoming less effective.

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