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

Talking Weed Issues Across Continents

Bayer Crop Science (21 June 2017)

Richard Hinchliffe, and English farmer, and Santiago del Solar Dorrego, an Argentinian counterpart, discuss weed resistance with an Argentinian agricultural engineer, Fernando Garcia Frugoni. Even though Argentina and Europe have different agricultural practices, the challenge of weed resistance is common. Both regions discovered that today farmers have to think well in advance about what they are doing and make decisions about crops and rotations for years to come. In both regions, dealing with the problem is all about a "combined integrated approach with herbicides the last part of the puzzle". Cultural methods have to be integrated first before reaching for chemistry as the final piece. » Go to article

Fighting Global Herbicide Resistance

Bayer Crop Science (1 June 2017)

Professor Stephen Powles, Director of the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI), discussed global weed resistance with Liam Condon, Member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG and President of the Crop Science Division, at the Weed Resistance Global Symposium in Paris. Bayer and the AHRI have been collaborating in research on the mechanisms of resistance and continue to exchange experiences in order to develop better solutions that are needed to ensure that weeds do not threaten food production. A diversified approach to weed resistance is needed as herbicides alone as weed control tool are not sustainable. For this purpose, Bayer invests annually more than one billion euros in crop science research and development, combining chemical and biological crop protection products with modern breeding technologies and trait research. » Go to article

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

Bayer Crop Science (23 May 2017)

The issue of weed resistance is “serious, but solvable,” said Adrian Percy, head of Research & Development at the Crop Science division of Bayer at the Global Herbicide Resistance Challenge in Denver, Colorado. The conference took place from May 14-18, 2017 and gathered over 300 experts to discuss the global issue of herbicide resistance. To overcome the issue, Bayer is committed to innovation and education and continues working in partnerships worldwide. Besides looking for new herbicides, Bayer has been promoting its Integrated Weed Management initiative, a holistic approach to tackling weeds with a combination of physical, cultural, biological and chemical measures that are cost effective and sustainable. » Go to article

Pesticide residues in food: risk to consumers remains low

European Food Safety Authority (11 April 2017)

The latest monitoring report published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concluded that food consumed in the European Union continues to be largely free of pesticide residues or to contain residues that fall within legal limits. More than 97% of food samples collected across the EU in 2015 were within legal limits, with just over 53% free of quantifiable residues. The figures are in line with those recorded in 2014.
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Nuggets of Weed Knowledge

Bayer Crop Science (10 April 2017)

In a series of video podcasts, the Scientific Director of Bayer Weed Resistance Competence Center Harry Strek talks about why integrated weed management is important. You can learn the basics of weed resistance, which poses a serious threat to crop production worldwide. Harry Strek explains everything from why we need to control weeds to the choice of mode of action and the spread of resistance. » Go to article

Introducing the First Italian Bayer ForwardFarm

Bayer Crop Science (31 March 2017)

The first Bayer ForwardFarm in Italy opened doors a few kilometers from Verona in Valpantena, one of the most famous areas of cultivation of grapes and production of excellent wines such as Amarone, Ripasso and Valpolicella. By opening its gates, the Capurso family demonstrates how they to uphold the renowned legacy of the Veneto region wines by implementing modern farming techniques and respecting their surroundings. On Bayer ForwardFarms like Azienda Agricola Moranda, Bayer and farmers join hands to demonstrate sustainable agriculture in practice. Azienda Agricola Moranda partners with Bayer ForwardFarming initiative as the fifth ForwardFarm in Bayer's global network.
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Integrated Weed Management Brochure

Bayer Crop Science (14 March 2017)

This new science-based guide to the way ahead in weed control gives you detailed answers to the question of how to fight weed resistance and maximize your yields. You can download a pdf file or order up to ten print copies via the provided link. » Go to article

Success in controlling vineyard weeds calls for a persistent year-round strategy

Western farm press (8 March 2017)

A farmer recommends selecting a variety of tools and practices in developing and implementing your weed control plan. Similarly to Integrated Pest Management (IPM), designed to limit crop damage from insects and disease, integrated weed management intends to combat weed threats by minimizing the ability of weeds to evade or resist any single control measure, but, with one key difference. An integrated approach to controlling weeds focuses on the long-term, with more emphasis on zero tolerance. That is because weeds can build up long-lived seed banks, which can provide a source of weeds and potential resistance for decades. » Go to article

Bayer - Plant protection requires facts and emotions  (7 February 2017)

The plant protection industry is under pressure due to lower agricultural revenues and protests from environmentalists. Nils Bauer, country division head at Bayer Crop Science Austria, speaks of a double-digit revenue decline in 2016. The company is meeting these challenges by continuing to develop its products and improving consultation services for farmers, as well as meeting critics head-on in the public debate, by appealing to people's emotions. » Go to article

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