Benefits for the crop

As a broad-spectrum herbicide highly effective against a variety of weeds, Glufosinate-ammonium has enabled the healthy production of more than 100 crops, including fruits and nuts, canola, soybean and cotton. This has fostered the availability of more high quality and affordable food as well as various products. Farmers also rely on GA when treating young trees as it is a contact herbicide and so can control weeds surrounding trees without harming the tree itself.

Additionally, crops such as canola, corn, cotton and soybeans with the LibertyLink trait are tolerant to Glufosinate-ammonium. Growers are therefore able to apply this herbicide in-crop for non-selective post-emergence weed control, right up to ten weeks prior to harvest, before these weeds jeopardize yield potential.

Did you know?

  • There are 8,000 species of weeds worldwide that not only compete with the crop for water, light, nutrients and space, but also reduce crop quality by contaminating the harvest.1
  • Global damage caused by weeds is responsible for a loss of 13.2% of agriculture production.2 It is estimated that weeds destroy the food of about 1 billion people.3
1 | Oerke, E.C., H.W. Dehne, F. Schnbeck, and A. Weber, Crop Production and Crop Protection: Estimated Losses in Major Food and Cash Crops, Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1994.
2 | PennState Extension. Introduction to Weeds: What are weeds and why do we care? http://extension.psu.edu/pests/ipm/schools/educators/curriculum/weeds/introweeds
3 | Berca, M. Perspectives Regarding Weeds Control, University Foundation CERA for Agriculture and Rural Development, 2004.
Adrian Percy: ”We invest in finding the next generation of weed management systems”

The issue of weed resistance is “serious, but solvable,” said Adrian Percy, head of Research & Development at the Crop Science division of Bayer at the Global Herbicide Resistance Challenge in Denver, Colorado. The conference took place from May 14-18, 2017 and gathered over 300 experts to discuss the global issue of herbicide resistance. To overcome the issue, Bayer is committed to innovation and education and continues working in partnerships worldwide. Besides looking for new herbicides, Bayer has been promoting its Integrated Weed Management initiative, a holistic approach to tackling weeds with a combination of physical, cultural, biological and chemical measures that are cost effective and sustainable.

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Is Glufosinate-ammonium present in our food?

Any traces of Glufosinate-ammonium that may remain on crops and that are ingested directly by humans or indirectly as a result of consuming meat and milk from animals that have fed on such crops are limited at stricter levels than defined toxicological safety thresholds.

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