Conventional Herbicide Research

Caldbeck Consulting leads the industry in privately funded research on herbicides in conventional canola. In direct response to farmers’ requests for solutions to control weeds in winter canola, and in a manner that is practical and protects the modes of action of valuable herbicide products. Caldbeck Consulting has identified and trialed novel herbicide programs through the Southeast, Midwest, Great Plains, and PNW for several years. Weed resistance to herbicide products has exploded in recent years. Marestail, Ryegrass, and Chickweed are just some examples of weeds that pose challenges in production systems that can be effectively controlled in our conventional hybrid canola. Despite multiple products being registered in all major canola-growing regions of the world, the scant availability of multiple herbicide options for U.S. farmers remains a significant disadvantage. One of the primary objectives of this privately funded research is to provide support and a knowledge resource to potential product registrations on canola, some of which are imminent.

EPA granted a Section 3 label to Reglone/Diquat for harvest management of winter canola based on work initiated by Brian Caldbeck in KY in 2005.

In addition, the 2018 registration for Clomazone in Canada as a broadleaf herbicide in canola is a positive first step for also achieving registration for this product in the US. Caldbeck Consulting has privately funded research on the efficacy of this chemical in the US since 2010.