Soil health science challenges ancient agriculture concepts

The Dickinson Press (5 December 2017)

Jon Stika and researchers at the North Dakota State University's Dickinson Research Extension Center have been trying to clear misconceptions about the soil for many years now as they make new discoveries and introduce new paradigms to the world of soil health. Soil is an "agri-biome" which refers to an interdependent environment of organisms serving a greater whole. An example Stika gave is the "human biome" which is the description given to all of the microbial organisms that live within and upon human beings. Stika anecdotally revealed that he's been practicing no-till in his personal garden for 15 years now. Recently he sought to plant some sweet corn, and after he sent his soil off to get tested, the results came back and told him he didn't need to add any additional fertilizer. » Go to article

Step by Step with Farmers

Bayer Crop Science (30 November 2017)

Agriculture is up against enormous challenges: how to feed a growing world population, the pressure of climate change, and limited natural resources. Innovations in agricultural research and development translate into specific solutions to protect crops from pests, diseases, and weeds. In Latin America, there is more pest incidence and aggressiveness than in other latitudes, which increases the likelihood of pests becoming more resistant. CuidAgro, integrated by government and members of the agribusiness through associations in 18 countries in Latin America, is bringing farmers training courses to help improve their productivity, agricultural practices, and ultimately ensure a more sustainable agriculture. Properly using technologies is a responsibility shared by farmers, distributors, manufacturers, and authorities. » Go to article

Nuggets of Weed Knowledge 6 – Manage weeds sustainably - You can with a plan!

Bayer Crop Science  (23 November 2017)

Watch the 6th episode of the podcast series. This time the Weed Resistance Competence Center Scientific Director Harry Strek explains how you could manage weeds sustainably - with a plan. » Go to article

Growing food for a growing planet

Washington Post (22 November 2017)

The world’s population is increasing rapidly, and more mouths need to be fed every day. But the resources that put healthy food on our tables are shrinking. Fortunately, new farming technologies are making it easier to keep us all securely and sustainably fed. Discover the tools empowering modern farmers to feed our growing world. » Go to article

Why integrated weed management is critical

North Queensland Register (19 October 2017)

University of Sydney’s Weed Research program director Dr Michael Walsh explains why integrated weed management approach that incorporates herbicide and non-herbicide tools is critical if growers are to manage hard-to-kill weeds. “By keeping weed seed loads low, growers can greatly reduce the risk of herbicide resistance development, and potentially protect the efficacy of important herbicide chemistries for decades”, says Dr Michael. » Go to article


Bayer to fund three youth-led food security projects (18 October 2017)

Bayer will be funding three future projects developed by young food security advocates that focus on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of Gender Equality, Quality Education, and Responsible Consumption and Production. The three projects were presented during the 2017 Youth Ag-Summit in Brussels and won the funding prizes of EUR 3,000, EUR 5,000, and EUR 10,000 respectively. Third place went to “Imperfect Picks” that aims to enable a broader cultural shift towards accepting food that appears blemished but is still of good quality. Second place went to “Seeds of Change” that will promote agriculture in schools through young agricultural champions, in order to bridge the disconnect between people who consume, and people who produce food. The first place was awarded to the group “AGRIKUA” whose project focuses on promoting Gender Equality (SDG 5) in the agricultural sector. » Go to article

Why is Bayer taking stronger action on weeds?

Bayer Crop Science (4 September 2017)

Farmers urgently need an integrated approach against weeds. With no new modes of actions or technologies in sight, the effectiveness of current products should be sustained until new technologies can be developed and introduced. That’s why Bayer is encouraging farmers to help themselves by keeping herbicide technologies working well. This means that farmers need to maintain diversity by applying cross-crop rotation to vary their traits and crop protection products and practices, and combining them with non-chemical measures that reduce weed populations. » Go to article

Nuggets of Weed Knowledge 5 - August podcast

Bayer Crop Scince (30 August 2017)

Watch the latest podcast of host and Weed Resistance Competence Center's Scientific Director Harry Strek continuing to teach about weeds in a brand-new season. This time the video features guest star Christine Brunel-Ligneau, Head of Integrated Weed Management Bayer. » Go to article

Adrian Percy: ”We invest in finding the next generation of weed management systems”

Bayer Crop Science (21 August 2017)

Herbicide-resistant weeds are an increasingly problem for farmers in South Africa. Farmer Andries Theron has realized that crop rotation is critical in controlling weeds. Half of his Soutkloof acreage is fallow land (medics, clover, etc.) or cattle pasture, and half arable land. “Farmers here in South Africa are used to taking on responsibility,” Andries explains, “and all the research on weed resistance, for example, is funded by us farmers!” He firmly believes that weed resistance is an issue that can only be tackled by integrated efforts from the entire agricultural community and crop protection industry. » Go to article

What inspires plant scientists and why is their job so important? Harry Strek explains

Crop Life International (13 July 2017)

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. » Go to article

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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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