Bayer opens breeding and trait development station in the USA

Bayer CropScience (US) (31 March 2015)

The $6.3 million state-of-the-art facility in North Carolina is dedicated to advancing agriculture through the development and testing of Bayer’s FiberMax® and Stoneville® cotton varieties and Credenz™ soybeans, utilizing high-performing, smart technology genetics in a wide range of varieties resistent to GA. The aim is to offer growers a new, more advanced choice to maximize yields and quality. It is thefirst of several such breeding stations throughout North and South America andthe first to combine work on two crops. » Go to article

EU extends approval periods for 16 active ingredients

Agrow (24 March 2015)

The European Commission confirmed that existing approval periods for 16 active ingredients - among which is also Glufosinate-ammonium - have been extended to July 31, 2018. The move is aimed at providing more time to complete EU procedures for renewing the authorizations. » Go to article

Create a multi-year weed management strategy

Ag Professional (20 March 2015)

Lisa Behnken, a Minnesota Extension crops specialist, says that due to the rise of Glyphosate-resistant weeds, farmers should not only rotate crops, fertilizers and machinery but also herbicides. Since an ideal herbicide program maximizes the number of effective modes of action without using a single mode of action more than twice in a growing season, farmers can use Glufosinate and the Liberty Link system as an alternative to other commonly used herbicides. » Go to article

Brazil provisionally approves genetically modified maize

Agrow (18 March 2015)

CTNBio, Brazilian national technical commission for biosafety, has provisionally approved genetically modified maize that confers tolerance to Glufosinate-ammonium and other broad-spectrum herbicides. The new trait brings many potential advantages in terms of raising agricultural productivity and overall environmental impact. » Go to article

Crop rotation raises canola yields

Grainnews (11 March 2015)

A new Ag Canada study found that increasing the number of years in rotation between canola crops can raise average canola yields. This confirms the need for Integrated Weed Management which involves the use of multiple strategies to manage weed populations in a manner that is economically and environmentally sound. Such strategies include cultural, mechanical, chemical, and biological methods. For instance, unique mode of action of Glufosinate makes it ideal to be used in rotation with other herbicides to mitigate weed resistance. » Go to article

New weed-management tools for soy in the pipeline

Agriculture (26 February 2015)

University and industry weed scientists have stressed for years the importance of diversifying weed-management programs for soy and other crops. To that end, Bayer did not stop investing in discovery science and recently received an import certificate from China for its LL55 Liberty Link soybean that confers tolerance to glufosinate. Bayer is also about to market the Balance Bean GT Soybean Performance System, tolerant to Glufosinate as well as other broad-spectrum herbicides. » Go to article

Bayer offers new FiberMax and Stoneville cotton varieties

Ag Professional (14 February 2015)

Whether it is the unpredictable heat and late-season storms in the Texas Coastal Bend or the tough full season in Georgia, cotton growers face unique regional challenges each year. Bayer CropScience announced four new FiberMax and Stoneville GM cotton varieties for the 2015 season that are bred to help growers overcome major challenges indigenous to their region. All new varieties are resistant to Glufosinate-ammonium. » Go to article

UGA professor says rotation of different pesticides key to prevent weed resistance

The University of Georgia (2 February 2015)

William Vencill, a University of Georgia professor, is advocating that farmers rotate the pesticides they apply to cotton crops in order to prevent another outbreak of the Glyphosate-resistant weed, Palmer amaranth. He stressed that by rotating different active ingredients, including Glufosinate-ammonium, farmers are ensuring all genetic traits of a resistant weed are accounted for and eliminated. » Go to article

GMO wheat in the works again

Gazette-Times (18 January 2015)

The industry is trying to create genetically modified wheat that is resistant to three different herbicides, including Glufosinate-ammonium. It takes a combination of traditional breeding and genetic enhancements to mate the ideal plant with the right genetic sequences. It is expected that yields in wheat could increase by up to 30% thanks to its improved properties. » Go to article

USDA approves new genetically engineered crops

U.S. Department of Agriculture (14 January 2015)

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced its regulatory approval of new genetically engineered crops such as cotton which is resistant to Glufosinate-ammonium and other herbicides. The new technology is designed to help farmers to maximize weed control through effective and sustainable weed management options. » 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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