Many herbicides are registered for use at industrial sites, which includes electrical facilities in Canada and the United States. The choice of these products and schedule of application is critical to ensuring an effective total weed or vegetation control program. Over the past few years, herbicide resistance has become an increasingly important issue. Some species of weeds are now resistant to several herbicide products due to continued use of the same product over many years. These resistant weed populations can move from industrial sites to other areas causing environmental damage and significant economic loss on agricultural land.
The purpose of this project is to develop two herbicide programs: one that utilizes products available in Canada, and one for the United States. These programs must be designed to reduce the development of resistance and should also include strategies to reduce reliance on herbicides, such as preventative measures and non-herbicide techniques.