Meet the 2009 Resistance Fighters of the Year

Published on: 16:06PM Feb 12, 2010
Chuck Foresman

We have selected Paul Barchenger, Hutchinson Coop, Hutchinson, Minn., and Jeremy Kichler, Macon County, Ga., Cooperative Extension agent as the 2009 Resistance Fighters of the Year.  Both are being recognized for their leadership, advocacy and proactive management practices in the fight against glyphosate-resistant weeds.

Paul, agronomy division manager at Hutchinson Coop, has been a fighting resistant giant ragweed and waterhemp since both weeds first became more difficult to control with glyphosate more than five years ago.  He also has worked with researchers at the University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University to confirm resistance and conduct field trials.
Jeremy, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent in Macon County, Ga., helped identify the first glyphosate-resistant population of Palmer pigweed ever confirmed. He has assisted with more than 100 replicated university trials, screening herbicides to develop an effective management program.
I look forward to working with both Paul and Jeremy in the coming year, as we continue to educate growers about glyphosate resisatnce. Both are knowledgeable and passionate about the issue. Visit in March for more information on how to nominate someone for the 2010 Resistance Fighter of the Year award.