FSANZ: GM corn tolerant to GA is safe

FoodProcessing (22 June 2015)

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) completed its safety assessment of a corn line, genetically modified to be tolerant to GA, and for protection against common corn pests. The authority found no potential public health or safety concerns and concluded that food derived from this corn line is as safe for human consumption as food derived from conventional corn cultivars. Now the FSANZ has called for submissions on an application to allow food derived from the corn line. » Go to article

Soybeans boosted with postemergence herbicides

High Plains & Midwest Ag Journal (8 June 2015)

Postemergence weed control in soybeans is becoming more of a challenge because of Glyphosate resistance. Increasing herbicide diversity and rotation with postemergence herbicide applications such as Glufosinate-ammonium increases weed spectrum and preserves the effectiveness of current herbicide trait technologies. » Go to article

Weather delays could make 2015 memorable for South Texas

Southwest Farm Press (11 May 2015)

Weather is a major factor in the cotton production in south Texas. However, Yet Levi Burns, farming set one historic mark by becoming the first farmer in the U.S. to plant one of the new commercially available cotton varieties that are not only tolerant to GA and other herbicides, but also show higher yields in unfavourable weather conditions. » Go to article

Farmers switching to LibertyLink soybeans and GA in pigweed control

Delta Farm Press (8 May 2015)

For many growers in the US, LibertyLink soybeans together with the application of GA is the only functional option to face Glyphosate-resistant pigweed. Bob Scott from the University of Arkansas also appreciates the Liberty program because farmers can start real clean and come in with a very early post application of Liberty. This works especially well on narrow row soybeans. Because of the time of year, LibertyLink has also become the product of choice for wheat-beans. » Go to article

Farmers evaluating new cotton seed technology

Ag Professional (4 May 2015)

Some 200 farmers in the US are to plant genetically modified insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton this year. Eight pre-commercial cotton varieties are being considered for inclusion. They are all tolerant to Glufosinate-ammonium (Liberty) and other herbicides. Already now farmers appreciate the ability to tank-mix with GA-based herbicides which significantly helps their weed management program. » Go to article

Brazil approves new genetically modified soybeans

AgroNews (17 April 2015)

During a recent meeting, Brazil's National Technical Commission of Biossecurity (CTNBio) approved a genetically modified soybean variety that is resistant to Glufosinate-ammonium, among other active ingredients. As with other GM crops, the new trait brings many potential advantages in terms of raising agricultural productivity and overall environmental impact. » Go to article

Bayer CropScience plans to invest $120 million in Mobile

Alabama Local News (16 April 2015)

Bayer CropScience plans to invest $120 million in the Port City's chemical corridor in Mobile. Local business representatives welcome the presence of Bayer in the Mobile area and are hopeful that it will lead to future growth. Bayer has decided to co-locate with existing Evonik Corp operations in Mobile, where a chemical produced by Evonik will be used in the production of Glufosinate-ammonium for worldwide distribution to combat glyphosate-resistant weeds. » Go to article

China approved 33 pesticide registrations, including GA

AgroNews (14 April 2015)

The Chinese Institute for the Control of Agrochemicals approved the registrations of 33 pesticide active ingredients in March 2015. These cover 14 fungicides, 12 herbicides (one of which is also Glufosinate-ammonium), 5 insecticides and 2 biopesticides. Glufosinate herbicides can be used as a much safer alternative to the commonly used Paraquat in the market. In December 2014 the authority also approved imports of genetically modified GA-tolerant LibertyLink soybeans. » Go to article

Strategies for early weed control in soybeans

Delta Farm Press (14 April 2015)

To be successful in the fight against weeds, growers need a customized weed-control program. Louisiana crop consultant Ashley Peters underlines that using more than one mode of action (e.g. Glufosinate-ammonium, Glyphosate or Classic herbicides) and layering residual herbicides is an important component of an effective control of weeds, such as Palmer amaranth, morningglory or yellow nutsedge. » Go to article

Perspectives on transgenic HT crops in the US

Pest Management Science  (2 April 2015)

US Department of Agriculture published a study mentioning that genetically modified herbicide-resistant crops resulted in significant economic savings, yield increases and more efficacious and simplified weed management. However, overuse of a single herbicide has resulted in evolution of resistance weed problems. By featuring a unique mode of action, Glufosinate-ammonium is ideal for use in rotation with other herbicides to mitigate weed resistance. » 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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