Back in 1993, while working as a weed science research technician and attending graduate school at Texas A&M University, I was standing in a field of ‘Coker 312’ cotton treated with a postemergence application of glyphosate. This was probably one of the first university trials with this new technology.
The weed control was great but that early cotton variety was a dud. I vividly remember that my first reaction was that this new technology was going nowhere fast. Boy was I completely wrong! Since that time, it’s no secret that the planting of glyphosate-resistant, or GR, and other biotech crops exploded in the U.S.
Now as we sit on the edge of another potential explosion with auxin-resistant, or AR, crops, I am hopeful that the entire agricultural community has learned some valuable lessons from the “glyphosate era.’
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