Good news everyone! Pacific Northwest land grant universities and three regional USDA-ARS units are launching a new Herbicide Resistance Initiative! Our goal is nothing short of creating a coordinated, interdisciplinary, systems-based approach to managing herbicide resistance in weeds that is regional in scope and long-term in impact. Supported by all PNW small grains commodity commissions and grain producer’s organizations and approved by congress last spring, the PNWHRI will provide ongoing support for programs and projects focused on managing herbicide-resistant weeds across the PNW with a special focus on cereals producing regions.
Teamwork makes the dream work! Interdisciplinary PNWHRI teams are forming around common research and outreach goals which should speed new knowledge production and better management practice adoption in coming years. USDA-ARS units at Pullman, Washington and Pendleton, Oregon are adding new research personnel dedicated to supporting this project. Initial project funds are supporting some much-needed equipment purchases at our land grant university weed science programs, expanding their capacity to conduct fundamental and applied science.
Beyond a welcome investment in herbicide resistance related hard science, the PNWHRI supports social science efforts to understand and potentially address reluctance to adopt practices which will mitigate or prevent development of herbicide resistant weeds. Finally, Extension programs at our three land-grant universities will be in the thick of things, transferring new knowledge developed through the PNWHRI research efforts into educational products for growers and agricultural professionals.