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Symposium features seed industry’s major players

FARGO -- A free symposium Feb. 5 will bring together top officials from the four largest seed and chemical companies concerned with weed resistance. The Weed Resistance Regional Symposium is sponsored by Peterson Farms Seed of Harwood, N.D., and ...

FARGO -- A free symposium Feb. 5 will bring together top officials from the four largest seed and chemical companies concerned with weed resistance.

The Weed Resistance Regional Symposium is sponsored by Peterson Farms Seed of Harwood, N.D., and will run 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Holiday Inn in Fargo, N.D.

Jason Norsworthy of the University of Arkansas will begin the program and describe the nation’s current weed resistance landscape.

Tom Peters, a North Dakota State University Extension Service agronomist, and Greg LaPlante, president of GL Crop Consulting of Wahpeton, N.D., will describe weed resistance in the Dakotas and Minnesota.

The event also includes Jonathan Siebert, Enlist herbicide field sales leader for Dow AgroSciences; Susan Curvey, Dicamba herbicide technical development manager for Monsanto; Matt Moore, seed technology manager for Bayer CropScience; and Bret Miller, technical development lead for Syngenta.

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Peterson Farms Seed has hosted previous forums about weed resistance in 2009 and 2010. The company has promoted rotational practices, mechanical methods, herbicides and seed technology to grapple with the problem.

In October, company president Carl Peterson went to Paris to participate in the Weed Resistance Global Symposium. There, LaPlante was a guest speaker and described his work with clients dealing with weed resistance.

The symposium will allow its featured companies to describe the products they are working to eventually offer for commercial use, and how each works to avoid yield-robbing resistance problems.

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