Scott Stallbaumer of Saint Marys is one of two agricultural leaders being honoured by Syngenta for their role in the fight against herbicide resistance.
Stallbaumer and fellow farmer Scott Holder of Boyle, Miss., are this year's Resistance Fighter of the Year winners, and are being honoured for their commitment to preventing the spread of resistant weeds.
Now in its fourth year, the Resistance Fighter of the Year program recognizes those dedicated individuals who strive to protect America's farmlands from herbicide resistance. Eligible recipients include farm managers, retailers, consultants and county extension agents who have successfully implemented resistance management programs with growers in their area. Since 2009, the Resistance Fighter of the Year program has become the premier award program for recognizing these individuals who encourage others to Be Part of the Solution in the fight against herbicide resistance.
"These leaders play a key role in holding off resistant weeds, and we should all follow the example they've set. As a company, Syngenta strives to be on the forefront in combatting herbicide-resistant weeds. It is a privilege to support advisors who are committed to being responsive and proactive with herbicide resistance management efforts," said Les Glasgow, Ph.D., Syngenta herbicide technical product lead. "The actions and attitudes of these gentlemen epitomize the mission of the Resistance Fighter of the Year Program."
Holder is passionate about helping growers fight resistance. He contends that educating growers is the most important tool in the resistant weed management arsenal.
"Once growers are aware of their weed management options, they can create a customized plan that is most effective for their particular situation," said Holder. "One of the most effective strategies across the board, though, is using a residual program before and after planting."
Stallbaumer also emphasizes the importance of a tailored weed management plan, placing particular emphasis on best management practices such as crop rotation, multiple modes of actions and treatment timings.
"If we fall into the routine of relying solely on any one mode of action, resistance is bound to happen. We have seen this play out time and time again. I cannot stress enough the importance of a comprehensive weed management program," said Stallbaumer.