Adrian Percy: ”We invest in finding the next generation of weed management systems”

Bayer Crop Science (23 May 2017)

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. » Go to article

Pesticide residues in food: risk to consumers remains low

European Food Safety Authority (11 April 2017)

The latest monitoring report published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concluded that food consumed in the European Union continues to be largely free of pesticide residues or to contain residues that fall within legal limits. More than 97% of food samples collected across the EU in 2015 were within legal limits, with just over 53% free of quantifiable residues. The figures are in line with those recorded in 2014.
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Introducing the First Italian Bayer ForwardFarm

Bayer Crop Science (31 March 2017)

The first Bayer ForwardFarm in Italy opened doors a few kilometers from Verona in Valpantena, one of the most famous areas of cultivation of grapes and production of excellent wines such as Amarone, Ripasso and Valpolicella. By opening its gates, the Capurso family demonstrates how they to uphold the renowned legacy of the Veneto region wines by implementing modern farming techniques and respecting their surroundings. On Bayer ForwardFarms like Azienda Agricola Moranda, Bayer and farmers join hands to demonstrate sustainable agriculture in practice. Azienda Agricola Moranda partners with Bayer ForwardFarming initiative as the fifth ForwardFarm in Bayer's global network.
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Integrated Weed Management Brochure

Bayer Crop Science (14 March 2017)

This new science-based guide to the way ahead in weed control gives you detailed answers to the question of how to fight weed resistance and maximize your yields. You can download a pdf file or order up to ten print copies via the provided link. » Go to article

Success in controlling vineyard weeds calls for a persistent year-round strategy

Western farm press (8 March 2017)

A farmer recommends selecting a variety of tools and practices in developing and implementing your weed control plan. Similarly to Integrated Pest Management (IPM), designed to limit crop damage from insects and disease, integrated weed management intends to combat weed threats by minimizing the ability of weeds to evade or resist any single control measure, but, with one key difference. An integrated approach to controlling weeds focuses on the long-term, with more emphasis on zero tolerance. That is because weeds can build up long-lived seed banks, which can provide a source of weeds and potential resistance for decades. » Go to article

Bayer - Plant protection requires facts and emotions  (7 February 2017)

The plant protection industry is under pressure due to lower agricultural revenues and protests from environmentalists. Nils Bauer, country division head at Bayer Crop Science Austria, speaks of a double-digit revenue decline in 2016. The company is meeting these challenges by continuing to develop its products and improving consultation services for farmers, as well as meeting critics head-on in the public debate, by appealing to people's emotions. » Go to article

Got a weed control question?

FG Insight (7 February 2017)

With the spring weed control season fast approaching, we asked Bayer what are the most frequent questions growers put to their technical hotline? Tank mixing and the effect of weather on plants and herbicides are common questions. Tank mixing is one of the more complex areas for questions because there are so many potential tank-mix combinations. “Our basic advice in this area is to keep mixes simple. Make herbicide applications in early spring, then follow up later with T0s because you will get better activity from herbicides and fungicides if you apply them separately. » Go to article

Novel solutions to increase crop productivity

Grants4Traits (7 February 2017)

Bayer has a successful history of collaborating with external parties to deliver safe and innovative seed products to markets. Bayer is interested in learning from you and partnering with you to sustain this innovation. Apply now for a grant and develop further some of your ideas towards products that will increase sustainable crop output to meet the demands of an ever growing population and changing environment. Next submission deadline is March 31st 2017. » Go to article

Nuggets of Weed Knowledge!

YouTube (24 November 2016)

Listen to the first podcast by Harry Strek, the WRCC Scientific Director, and learn the basics of weed resistance, which poses a serious threat to crop production worldwide. » Go to article

Use diversity to fight resistant weeds

Grainews (14 November 2016)

A three-year study in Arkansas has found that a combination of fall management practices and herbicide use are the most effective ways to control herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth, when combined with a herbicide program. But Arkansas isn’t Alberta. So what can western Canadian farmers learn from this study? More and more often the message in weed science “is that diversity is key,” says Breanne Tidemann. Adding a non-chemical tool is critical to managing herbicide resistance, she says. » Go to article

About GA in 3 minutes

What is Glufosinate-ammonium?

It is one of the most effective herbicides available for treating weeds in orchards, vineyards and other herbicide-resistant LibertyLink crops such as soybeans, corn, canola or cotton. Crucially, its distinguishing chemistry and ‘mode of action’ help farmers avoid weed resistance.

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