The Growing Problem of Herbicide Resistant Weeds

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Special Choices Magazine theme takes in-depth look at problem and possible solutions

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According to the International Survey of Herbicide Resistant Weeds, there are 251 species of weeds that have developed a resistance to 161 different types of herbicide. And this is a global problem, with these weeds impacting crops in 66 countries.

The escalation of these types of weeds is hurting crop yields, the environment and the bottom line for farmers in the United States and around the world.

What has led up to this crisis and what types of policies need to be enacted to stop this problem for farmers moving forward? It’s all part of a special edition of Choices Magazine. The theme, entitled “Herbicide Resistance Management” features the following papers:

  • “Herbicide Use Trends: A Backgrounder” by Craig D. Osteen and Jorge Fernandez-Cornejo
  • “Farmers’ Perspectives on Management Options for Herbicide-Resistant Weeds” by Raymond Jussaume and Katherine Dentzman
  • “Shock and Awe Pest Management: Time for Change” by Terrance M. Hurley
  • “Are Community-Based Approaches to Manage Herbicide Resistance Wisdom or Folly?” by David Ervin and George B. Frisvold

You can read each of the articles online at If you are interested in setting up an interview with any of the authors, please contact Jay Saunders (jsaunders(at)aaea(dot)org) in the AAEA Business Office.

ABOUT AAEA: Established in 1910, the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is the leading professional association for agricultural and applied economists, with 2,500 members in more than 20 countries. Members of the AAEA work in academic or government institutions as well as in industry and not-for-profit organizations, and engage in a variety of research, teaching, and outreach activities in the areas of agriculture, the environment, food, health, and international development. The AAEA publishes two journals, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, as well as the online magazine Choices. To learn more, visit

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