Mitigating the spread of herbicide resistance in the Golden Triangle
The day started with a visit to the Montana state university plant science department where I spoke with professor Fabian Menalled about the area known as the golden triangle of wheat grown in Montana and how they were trying to mitigate the spread of herbicide resistance from all bordering states. I rather see this as a halfway house between the American mid west and the UK so some very valuable lessons to be learnt. He also gave me a tour of the two research farms which just showed the work he was talking about put into practice. I also had an impromptu Q and A session with his PhD students. I assumed I would be asking the questions, but how wrong I was! It was great though and they were so interested in the UK farming issues it was soon lunchtime and I had an 8 hour drive ahead of me.
I was fortunate to be invited to the University of Washington as one of my last minute plans to look at some very interesting research so was soon heading west on Interstate 90.