10 June 2020
CropLife Australia’s 2020 Resistance Management Strategies for fungicides, herbicides and insecticides are now available.
Pests, weeds and diseases continue to be major threats to the productivity, profitability and sustainability of Australia’s farming sector. To ensure the longevity and viability of agricultural chemical products, appropriate strategies to minimise resistance must be adopted.
CropLife’s Resistance Management Strategies assist farmers, agronomists and environmental land managers to ensure important crop protection products remain an effective tool.
The strategies are developed as part of CropLife and our members’ commitment to make the most up-to-date resistance management advice freely available. They are reviewed and updated on an annual basis by scientific technical review committees in consultation with relevant national and international experts.
The plant science industry invests billions of dollars into research and development of new and innovative agricultural chemical products each year, allowing farmers to access economically viable and environmentally sustainable crop protection solutions. This investment includes a commitment to the responsible and ethical management of industry products throughout their lifecycle.
The Resistance Management Strategies are part of CropLife’s broader StewardshipFirst program, a suite of world-leading stewardship initiatives that assist all pesticide users in maintaining best-practice. Importantly, the Resistance Management Strategies do not replace product labels, they simply supplement them. Crop protection products must be handled and applied as specified on the registered product label or approved permit. The strategies are a guide only and do not endorse products, groups of products or farming methods in terms of their performance.
Through these comprehensive product stewardship initiatives and programs, crop protection product users have all the information they need on preventing pesticide resistance and using products safely and correctly. Having an integrated pest management system and an effective resistance management strategy for chemical crop protection products is crucial to the long‑term viability and profitability of Australian farming.
Farmers, spray applicators, agronomists and environmental land managers should utilise these strategies for important and current advice on managing resistance so crop protection products maintain their effectiveness and the life of these crucial farming tools is extended. The website functionality allows users to search the Resistance Management Strategies by keywords, or to select strategies based on categories such as crop, pest or type of product.