Richard Hinchliffe: Report published

2016 Scholar, Richard Hinchliffe’s report is now available on the Nuffield International website. Below is the executive summary of his report, titled:‘Herbicide-resistant weeds: investigating a sustainable future for arable farming.’



Report Title       

Herbicide-resistant weeds: investigating a sustainable future for arable farming


Richard Hinchliffe


Yorkshire Agricultural Society

Countries visited

USA, Australia, Argentina, UK




Objective of the study tour: 

  • To investigate how farmers and agronomists are dealing with herbicide resistance around the world


  • Herbicide resistance is a global problem
  • Herbicide resistance is a direct result of farming practice
  • Reliance on herbicides alone is not sustainable and weed control strategies should be based around cultural methods
  • There is no single answer to herbicide resistance.
  • Increasing the diversity of farming systems is required
  • Stewardship of existing herbicides is vital, since no new modes of action have been discovered in over 20 years
  • Farmers trust farmers! Allowing farmers to help communicate positive stories/messages can deliver great results

 See Richard’s report at: