Rice is one of the most important crops in many regions of the world. Because of its characteristics, rice is a crop that fights against a large number of inconveniences, including weeds, which reduce both the quality and quantity of production if not combated properly via quality agricultural practices. In order to solve this problem, the Spanish BASF have opted for a unique service in the market designed to help them apply the best herbicide solution, BASF Experience 2.0. This tool provides help to control the main weeds that attack rice crops.
In this sense, within the BASF 2.0 Experience, and through a collaboration with Cicytex, the Spanish center of scientific and technological investigations, the species suspected of being resistant to herbicides have been identified at the molecular level, presenting the genetic mutation that produces the resistance.
In addition, a real test has been carried out which allows the farmer to know which herbicide to use to keep harmful weeds growth under control.
Good agricultural practices are essential to limit the growth of the harmful weed
BASF insists that the use of good agricultural practices is essential to limit the effect of weeds and their impact on production. In this regard, BASF’s rice marketing manager, Gisela Penas, provides some suggestions based on the analysis of numerous possible scenarios regarding weeds that attack rice crops.
“The repeated use of herbicides from the same family has led to the emergence of resistance, reducing farmers’ options and making it extremely difficult to control harmful weeds,” she said.
Therefore, a solution to counteract this effect is the alternation of herbicides from different chemical families
“For more than three years we have been analyzing populations of tails that escape the herbicide treatments of the rice crops of Seville [Spain] and we have found that all of them were sensitive to the application of an herbicide which belongs to a different chemical family”, explains Penas.
Another recommendation of the BASF’s expert in rice crops is based on “never forgetting good agricultural practices”, as said before, much less the correct application of herbicides. “It is key to follow the instructions on the product label and have the machinery in good condition,” she explains. In addition, it is essential to use certified seeds, as this would ensure weed-free seeds and a proper fertilizing plan.
Erin VanDyke lives on her family farm and has more than 35 years of hands-on experience with the use of livestock guard dogs for predator control. On their farm, Jan and her family use corgis as herding dogs and have raised Shetland sheep, Fainting goats, Morgan and Trakehner horses, and historic breeds of chickens and turkeys. Erin is also an active beekeeper.