Making sure the grass is greener on your side

The State Journal, Frankfort (2 September 2014)

Home lawn owners are increasingly facing the challenge of crabgrass and related patch diseases. US horticulture press mentioned that germinating grass seedlings cannot compete with aggressively growing weed, and that the use of nonselective herbicides like Glufosinate-ammonium is essential. » Go to article

Chinese herbicides market analysed in an in-demand research study

Financial Content (20 August 2014)

A report has been published providing an exhaustive analysis of the competitive herbicides marketplace globally with a focus on China. It mentions that herbicide-tolerant genetically-modified (GM) crops have significantly driven the development of some herbicides worldwide in the past few years. However, as there are more and more glyphosate-resistant crops, competitive products of Glyphosate such as Glufosinate-ammonium appear. » Go to article

Think out of the box while waiting on traits

Delta Farm Press (14 August 2014)

Farmers can maintain high soybean yields only through effective control of weeds. In this context, US agricultural outlet mentioned that until new weed control traits arrive, the backbone of weed control programs for Palmer amaranth will primarily be Glufosinate, “PPO herbicides” and continued use of “out of the box” approaches. » Go to article

“Arnold Schwarzenegger of weeds refuses to die”

New York Times (11 August 2014)

The “Arnold Schwarzenegger of weeds” – the palmer amaranth weed – has developed resistance to glyphosate. The New York Times also quoted farmers admitting that Glufosinate had proved effective for weed control in soy. In addition, Dow AgroSciences was said to receive EPA approval of GM Glufosinate-resistant soy. » Go to article

Aggressive weed brings woe to Texas cotton growers

Star-Telegram (27 July 2014)

Pigweed, a fast-spreading weed which can grow as tall as 10 feet and overtake crops, is causing problems in Texas cotton fields and could cost growers much of their harvest if left unchecked. However, weed specialists say that using different herbicides, including Glufosinate-ammonium, has proved effective. » Go to article

“We can halve world hunger”

Stuttgarter Nachrichten (20 July 2014)

Josef Schmidhuber, Head of FAO’s Global Perspective Studies Unit explained in an interview that around 840 million people around the world are malnourished, and another two billion do not have adequate access to vitamins or minerals. However, taking into account population growth, the progress is remarkable, he affirms, noting that “we are well on track to halving hunger between 1990 and 2015 in percentage terms”. » Go to article

Bayer CropScience debuts TwinLink GM cotton in Brazil

Agrow UK (18 July 2014)

TwinLink cotton is fully tolerant to Glufosinate-ammonium. The technology will allow the Brazilian farmers to manage both pests and weeds that may impair crop productivity and the quality of the cotton lint that is produced. » Go to article

Crop scientist gets World Food Prize

Iowa Farmer Today (28 June 2014)

Sanjaya Rajaram, 71, wins the $250,000 prize founded by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Norman Borlaug that honors contributions to improving the quality, quantity or availability of food throughout the world. He developed hundreds of varieties of disease-resistant wheat adaptable to many climates and difficult growing conditions. » Go to article

Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is pro-GMO

YouTube (27 June 2014)

Hillary Rodham Clinton, answering questions as if a presidential contender, spoke to thousands at the BIO International Convention at the San Diego Convention Center. She was interviewed by Jim Greenwood, president and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, a trade group based in Washington. » 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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