Stewardship initiatives

Stewardship is the responsible and ethical management of a product throughout its life-cycle, from its invention through to its ultimate use and beyond. Bayer CropScience is committed to ensuring the highest levels of stewardship for all products it manufactures, and strives for continued improvements in diverse fields such as: research & development, transportation, storage, application and training which all have an impact on its products’ stewardship.
Farmers participating in a stewardship training
Farmers participating in a stewardship training

Glufosinate-ammonium – even after 30 years of use in more than 100 crops in around 80 countries – has a safe track record of use when applied responsibly. Bayer CropScience continues to proactively improve the stewardship initiatives relevant to Glufosinate-ammonium use worldwide.

An ongoing commitment

The industry is engaged in initiatives all over the globe to ensure the safe and sustainable use of crop protection products. Below are some examples which demonstrate Bayer CropScience’s recent efforts in these areas:

easyFlow

EasyFlow closed transfer system
EasyFlow closed transfer system

Bayer CropScience together with agrotop, a spray technology company, have developed the easyFlow closed transfer system. It is a self-contained, self-cleaning system for transferring exact dosages of liquid crop protection products from sealed and open canisters to a sprayer tank. By using easyFlow, the risk of contamination of the user and the environment during mixing and loading can be avoided. In 2013 this innovative solution was awarded a Silver Medal by the German Agricultural Society.

Stewardship Day in India

In October 2013 Bayer CropScience conducted a nationwide Stewardship Day in India focusing on precautionary measures for the correct use of pesticides as well as the disposal of empty containers. With the involvement of local dealers and extension services, altogether 183,000 farmers in 11 states were trained. Additionally, Bayer CropScience distributed 1,650 sets of personal protective equipment, 2,200 pairs of gloves and 1,100 face shields, and developed special safety wear for applicators treating specific crops.

Container management program

The crop protection industry supports its customers in managing their packaging waste in a legally compliant and at the same time environmentally sound and sustainable way. Bayer CropScience has initiated a similar container management program in the Philippines. During the first year of this pilot program 23,000 empty containers representing 46% of total packagings sold, were retrieved and disposed of properly.

Soil health science challenges ancient agriculture concepts

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.

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easyFlow closed transfer system

How safe is Glufosinate-ammonium to the environment?

The herbicide is rapidly degraded by micro-organisms in the soil, making water contamination very unlikely. Risk to birds, bees, aquatic organisms, earthworms and other soil organisms is also very unlikely if the product is used according to label instructions.

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