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1 July 2012 Benchmark Study: I. Introduction, Weed Population, and Management Trends from the Benchmark Survey 2010
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Almost 1,650 corn, cotton, and soybean growers in 22 states participated in a 2010 telephone survey to determine their attitudes with regard to which weed species were most problematic in glyphosate-resistant (GR) crop production systems for corn, cotton, and soybean. The survey is a follow-up to a previous 2005 to 2006 survey that utilized a smaller set of growers from fewer states. In general, growers continued to estimate weed populations as low and few challenges have been created following adoption of GR cropping systems. Pigweed and foxtail species were dominant overall, whereas other species were more commodity and state specific. Corn, cotton, and soybean growers cited velvetleaf, annual morningglory, and waterhemp, respectively, as predominant weeds. Growers in the South region were more likely to report pigweed and waterhemp (Amaranthus spp.), whereas growers in the East and West reported horseweed. When growers were asked with which GR weeds they had experienced personally, horseweed was reported in all regions, but growers in the South more frequently reported pigweed, whereas growers in the East and West regions more frequently reported waterhemp. Comparisons with the previous 2005 survey indicated that more growers believed they were experiencing GR weeds and were more aware of specific examples in their state. In particular, the Amaranthus complex was of greatest concern in continuously cropped soybean and cotton.

Nomenclature: Glyphosate; horseweed, Conyza canadensis (L.) Cronq.; velvetleaf, Abutilon theophrasti Medic.; waterhemp, Amaranthus tuberculatus (Moq.) Sauer; corn, Zea mays L.; cotton, Gossypium hirsutum L.; soybean, Glycine max (L.) Merr.

Weed Science Society of America
Joby M. Prince, David R. Shaw, Wade A. Givens, Micheal D. K. Owen, Stephen C. Weller, Bryan G. Young, Robert G. Wilson, and David L. Jordan "Benchmark Study: I. Introduction, Weed Population, and Management Trends from the Benchmark Survey 2010," Weed Technology 26(3), 525-530, (1 July 2012).
Received: 5 November 2011; Accepted: 1 February 2012; Published: 1 July 2012

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