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New double herbicide-tolerant trait stack touted at Ohio field day

Ohio Ag Net (27 July 2016)

A newly developed genetically modified soybean, called Balance GT, was highlighted at a recent field day in Miami County. This new trait, developed by Bayer and MS Technologies, confers tolerance to both Glufosinate and Glyphosate herbicides and is intended to be an important tool for weed control and herbicide resistance management. The first launch is planned for the US in 2017. Balance GT is expected to be one of the key dual-herbicide tolerant products for soybeans on the market in the U.S. and an important alternative to current herbicide options. » Go to article

Got waterhemp? Which herbicide is best for resistant weeds?

Corn and Soybean Digest (26 July 2016)

Waterhemp has a tendency to fairly rapidly develop resistance to herbicides used repeatedly against it in post-emergence treatments. Waterhemp infestations can be found around Ohio and beyond and so local farmers need a variety of otnios to eliminate the hard-to-control weed. It turns out that the LibertyLink soybean system is a great option for the management of waterhemp. » Go to article

Controlling waterhemp in soybeans

AgriNews (10 July 2016)

Waterhemp is one of the most widespread and troublesome broadleaf weed species with which Illinois farmers must contend. Factors related to the species’ biology, such as prolonged germination and emergence, obligate outcrossing and high seed production, contribute to management challenges. The evolution of herbicide resistance in Illinois waterhemp populations adds another very challenging obstacle for effective management. To date, no instance of waterhemp resistance to Glufosinate-ammonium has been reported, which makes the herbicide a key tool in controlling the weed. » Go to article

Bayer offers financial and scientific support for promising research approaches

Bayer CropScience (5 July 2016)

Do you have new ideas to increase crop productivity and weed management? Are you developing new traits and solutions to optimize gene or protein expression? Then you should apply for a grant and develop further some of your ideas via Bayer's Grants4Traits program which provides funds to promising researchers at universities, scientific institutions, or start-up companies all over the world. » Go to article

Post-emergence options for waterhemp control in soybeans

AgWeek (27 June 2016)

Waterhemp is one of the most troublesome and widespread broadleaf weed species with which farmers in the US must contend. The evolution of herbicide resistance caused by relying on a single herbicide adds another very challenging obstacle for effective management of the weed. University of Illinois weed scientist Aaron Hager argues that thoughtful stewardship practices must thus be implemented. In particular, farmers should rotate the use of herbicides on their fields to mitigate weed resistance. Since no instance of waterhemp resistance to Glufosinate-ammonium (Liberty) has been reported to date, the herbicide could be a perfect option. » Go to article

Marestail developing resistance to Glyphosate

The Grand Island Independent (18 June 2016)

A number of weed species have been found in Nebraska with herbicide resistance. One of these weeds has been on the radar lately because of its resistance to Glyphosate products. Farmers are there recommended to alternate herbicide modes of action. Precisely, in corn fields products like Dicamba and Atrazine may be helpful to clean up marestail with known Glyphosate resistance, while products containing Glufosinate-ammonium can be efficiently used in both corn and soybeans. » Go to article

Current heat spells provide perfect conditions for the use of GA

Ag Professional (10 June 2016)

Environmental factors such as temperature, humidity and rainfall can affect herbicidal uptake and activity. For instance, some herbicides may be more prone to vapor drift when applied at higher temperatures. However, this is not the case of Glufosinate-ammonium. This contact herbicide used on Bayer's LibertyLink soybeans may work best at higher temperatures with bright sunny days, which is particularly helpful to farmers facing current heat spells. » Go to article

Global benefits for genetically modified crops have reached $150 billion

AgWeek (3 June 2016)

Are you wondering whether there are any economic and environmental benefits of GMO crops, such as canola, corn, cotton and soybeans with the LibertyLink trait tolerant to Glufosinate-ammonium? According to a report published by PG Economics LTD, global benefits of genetically modified crops have reached $150 billion since the crops were first planted in 1996. In addition, in 2014 only GM crops contributed to the reduction of almost 2.4 billion kg in carbon dioxide emission savings. Increased carbon sequestration from less tilling of land led to the equivalent of removing approximately 8 million cars from the road. » Go to article

GA is a key herbcide for horsetail control on hard surfaces

Horticulture Week (13 May 2016)

A new herbicide for annual, perennial and grass weeds Pearl has just been announced. The product contains Glufosinate-ammonium which is believed to be the only chemical approved for horsetail control on hard surfaces as well as for line marking. The product acts rapidly, with results seen within 48 hours. As operators look increasingly for alternative products, this is an ideal opportunity to consider the application of Pearl. » Go to article

Looking to control challenging marestail weed in soybeans?

Successful Farming (Agriculture.com) (5 May 2016)

Aaron Hager, University of Illinois Extension weed specialist, says that some farmers in the US have reported poor marestail control following the application of Glyphosate and 2,4-D. Poor control can be caused by several factors, including large plant size and resistance to certain herbicides. This is why Glufosinate is recommended as an alternative option to control marestail before planting. Control is often improved when the herbicides is tankmixed with other herbicides. » 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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