Barchenger and Kichler Selected as Resistance Fighters of the Year

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Syngenta recognizes advocates of proactive weed resistance management. Syngenta awards 2009 Resistance Fighter of the Year distinction to Minnesota retailer and Georgia consultant. The Resistance Fighter of the Year program recognizes remarkable individuals who serve as role models in the fight against resistance. More than 40 nominations received in first year of program.

Syngenta is honored to recognize Paul Barchenger and Jeremy Kichler as the 2009 Resistance Fighters of the Year. Barchenger, from Hutchinson, Minn., and Kichler, from Oglethorpe, Ga., exhibit exceptional leadership and advocate proactive management practices in the battle against glyphosate-resistant weeds.

“As Resistance Fighters of the Year, both gentlemen exhibit high standards of knowledge, passion and concern for the growing issue of glyphosate-resistant weeds,” said Chuck Foresman, manager of weed resistance strategies for Syngenta. “We are very fortunate to have such high-caliber individuals as spokespeople for what can be done to proactively manage resistance. Glyphosate is a valuable tool and these individuals are helping producers successfully preserve its effectiveness for years to come.”

Barchenger, agronomy division manager at Hutchinson Coop, has been a pioneer in managing resistant giant ragweed and waterhemp since both weeds first exhibited tolerance to glyphosate herbicides more than five years ago.

“I’ve seen how hard it can be to control giant ragweed, because it germinates early and often,” said Barchenger. “I appreciate this recognition because it helps to increase awareness about the reality of glyphosate resistance. We need to be on top of it, because when resistance comes, it is no fun to manage.”

When working with his customers, Barchenger promotes using a pre-emergence residual herbicide such as Prefix® or Boundary® herbicides in soybeans. Barchenger also has worked with researchers at the University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University to confirm resistance as well as carry out field trials to find solutions.

Kichler, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent in Macon County, Ga., was a primary contributor to the identification of the first glyphosate-resistant population of Palmer pigweed ever confirmed. He has assisted with more than 100 replicated university trials, screening herbicides to develop an effective management program for growers.

Honored to be chosen as Resistance Fighter of the Year, Kichler remarked, “I think the Resistance Fighter of the Year Program is a great way to proactively communicate the importance of resistance management strategies to all growers.

“Not all growers can appreciate the magnitude of the problem because it hasn’t hit their area yet,” he said. “My hope is that we can educate them and keep them from ever having to face the losses that come with herbicide-resistant weeds.

“My advice to growers who have yet to experience herbicide resistance is to use proactive management tactics so they will lessen the chance of getting resistance. With that thought in mind, growers should utilize multiple modes of action, use correct herbicide rates and be timely with their herbicide applications. Those will be the biggest things to combat resistance on their land.”

Kichler’s promotion of proactive glyphosate resistance management practices has led to growers across several counties using pre-emergence residual herbicides, such as Reflex®, Prefix and Dual® herbicides, in their weed management programs to help manage glyphosate-resistant Palmer pigweed.

Visit resistancefighter.com in March for more information on how to nominate someone for the 2010 Resistance Fighter of the Year award.

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