Glyphosate resistance can be beaten – but it’s better to avoid it in the first place.
In late 2008, Chris Reichstein, bought a new property near Esperance knowing that glyphosate resistant ryegrass was widely established. He was confident in his ability to bring the problem under control and set about using every tactic possible to reduce weed seed numbers on the farm.
Starting with herbicide resistance testing to find out what still worked, Chris established a rotation plan to make the most of crop and herbicide combinations, including swathing and croptopping, narrow windrow burning, chaff carts, autumn tickle and a triple knock strategy of two chemical applications followed with a competitive crop. Containing the problem is now a permanent part of his farming system.