Benefits for the crop

As a broad-spectrum herbicide highly effective against a variety of weeds, Glufosinate-ammonium has enabled the healthy production of more than 100 crops, including fruits and nuts, canola, soybean and cotton. This has fostered the availability of more high quality and affordable food as well as various products. Farmers also rely on GA when treating young trees as it is a contact herbicide and so can control weeds surrounding trees without harming the tree itself.

Additionally, crops such as canola, corn, cotton and soybeans with the LibertyLink trait are tolerant to Glufosinate-ammonium. Growers are therefore able to apply this herbicide in-crop for non-selective post-emergence weed control, right up to ten weeks prior to harvest, before these weeds jeopardize yield potential.

Did you know?

  • There are 8,000 species of weeds worldwide that not only compete with the crop for water, light, nutrients and space, but also reduce crop quality by contaminating the harvest.1
  • Global damage caused by weeds is responsible for a loss of 13.2% of agriculture production.2 It is estimated that weeds destroy the food of about 1 billion people.3
1 | Oerke, E.C., H.W. Dehne, F. Schnbeck, and A. Weber, Crop Production and Crop Protection: Estimated Losses in Major Food and Cash Crops, Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1994.
2 | PennState Extension. Introduction to Weeds: What are weeds and why do we care? http://extension.psu.edu/pests/ipm/schools/educators/curriculum/weeds/introweeds
3 | Berca, M. Perspectives Regarding Weeds Control, University Foundation CERA for Agriculture and Rural Development, 2004.
What inspires plant scientists and why is their job so important? Harry Strek explains

In an interview for Crop Life International #FOODHEROES series, Harry Strek, Scientific Director for Weed Resistance at the Bayer Weed Resistance Competence Center (WRCC) in Frankfurt, tells that he became interested in working with plants and weed resistance in particular when he was working in a farm as a child and had to remove weeds manually from edible crops. Weeds can be damaging to the crop if not managed correctly, even if they are not resistant. Resistant weeds complicate the situation by decreasing options. Only by using all available tools together in an integrated program, including chemical and non-chemical ones can effectively manage weeds. Bayer is working on demonstrating that integrated weed management programs are essential to the long-term viability of modern weed control tools and that although they require initial investment in capital and changes to current programs, they will pay for themselves in the long run.

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Is Glufosinate-ammonium present in our food?

Any traces of Glufosinate-ammonium that may remain on crops and that are ingested directly by humans or indirectly as a result of consuming meat and milk from animals that have fed on such crops are limited at stricter levels than defined toxicological safety thresholds.

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