Letting Govt dictate rotation will end vary vary badly. Guys are getting clubroot that havenít grown Canola in years. Some where planting 1 in 4 yrs and some hadnít grown it in 20 yrs on land that was infected
We donít fully understand the spread or how long it lasts. Plant breeding is going to need to solve the problem just like man invented a small pox vaccine years ago or has learned to treat HIV so most people live out a somewhat normal life.
If Govt mandates a rotation whoís to say Climate Barbie doesnít mandate Zero Till next or make everyone plant 10% of there farms to trees. Give it time and industry and farms will work trough it. Industry worked trough it when blackleg first became a problem in the 80s. Nobody is apparently old enough to remember the 5bu/Ac crops some guys where harvesting after they allowed blackleg to take hold.
Am I supposed to go to a 1 in 4 rotation on cereals because I have fusarium and half the prairies have fusarium?????
I totally understand what you are saying, and a big part of me agrees. I just think it isn't right when one guy is on a 5 year ban and next field has no restrictions. This stuff is everywhere, especially in those areas, just a matter of whether it's been found or not yet. Maybe the fact that it is being dealt with poorly the way hihi962 describes is an indication of how gov't should stay out of it???
It should be all or nothing IMO and there should be 2 break years between canola anywhere clubroot is a concern. I suppose if certain farmers can't restrain themselves and can't make money growing other crops the whole thing will sort itself out one way or another, probably with disastrous canola crops/bankruptcies/lower land values. The free market will sort it out one way or another and it might be with resistant varieties, but you are probably right the gov't will screw it up for sure....ha ha
Do you ever type responses to give yourself perspective or feel better/worse/inspired and then delete them? Oops forgot to delete.
If you are having trouble visualizing the current state of Ag, Bayer bought a company whose only innovation (glyphosate) is 30 years old that has long run out of patents with the weed resistance list growing daily. Only a matter of time till wild oats is added to the list.
They have nothing in the pipeline - or does any other company, and even if they did they couldn't get it approved. There is no money in developing chemistry. Takes far too long as well.
Farmers contribution to this is spraying fungicides constantly on wheat/canola or wheat/canola/canola with volunteer wheat in canola and volunteer canola in wheat ie 0 year rotation all the while saying seed companies will magically come up with solutions while we focus on little helicopters doing weed id, staring at pretty colorful maps or having tractors drive themselves because technology solves problems.
Or maybe it isn't anything like that, please tell me I'm wrong.
I've deleted several posts before hitting "Submit", but you need not feel bad about this one. I agree farmers are very short sighted and easily distracted from a good long term plan. I was a wheat/canola guy myself for many years, trying to leave that behind now for a lot of reasons. It's not the easy way for sure, hopefully it's easier long term.
I was told though there is some new chemistry coming for wild oats, probably within ten years. And Monsanto had a pretty viable seed/genetics business and probably some other valuable stuff too.