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Keith Baioni is Named the Syngenta 2010 Resistance Fighter of the Year for the Southern Region

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - Cleveland, MS

“The Resistance Fighter of the Year program is designed to honor those who show exemplary leadership in the fight against glyphosate weed resistance,” said Chuck Foresman, manager of weed resistance strategies, Syngenta. “Effectively managing this issue is a top priority for Keith Baioni, and he deserves to be recognized for his efforts.”

Baioni understands the potential impact of glyphosate resistance and has made it his mission to educate growers, Sanders field staff and others in the industry about how to manage glyphosate-resistant weeds successfully. In keeping with Sanders’ philosophy that it is a partner to its growers “before seed and beyond harvest,” he developed the concept of F.A.R.M.'N. (Fall Applied Resistance Management Now) as a means to raise grower awareness of the challenges they face year-round and their need to develop a comprehensive weed-management plan well before the growing season.

“Producers need to be proactive and develop resistance-management plans that are tailor-made to the specific weed issues on their farms,” said Baioni. “Product mix, mode of action, crop rotation and tillage should all be given careful consideration when planning for successful weed management.”

Baioni recommends products like Gramoxone Inteon® herbicide for burndown, and early post-emergence applications of residual herbicides like Prefix® in soybeans and Halex® GT in corn.

The 2010 Resistance Fighters of the Year were selected by a panel including former Resistance Fighters of the Year, university weed scientists and Syngenta experts. To learn more about the Resistance Fighter of the Year program and those honored with the award, visitwww.resistancefighter.com. The site also offers news and information about glyphosate weed resistance, a blog with insight from Foresman and a customized solution builder.