Get a Better Return on Investment with LibertyLink

The weed control products you use now can have a big impact on the future of your farm.

With glyphosate resistance on the rise, proper stewardship practices and technologies like the LibertyLink® system can help growers combat tough weeds, leading to higher yields, more efficient operations and an increased return on investment both now and in the future.

Resistance Robs

At a recent summit on herbicide-resistant weeds in Washington, D.C., experts reported weed resistance has spread to more than 12 million U.S. acres. Proper stewardship practices enable growers to prevent, manage or delay the spread of weed resistance and protect all useful technologies, which keeps efficiency and profits up.

At a recent summit on herbicide-resistant weeds in Washington, D.C., experts reported weed resistance has spread to more than 12 million U.S. acres.

Weed Concerns

Palmer amaranth is one example of a problematic resistant weed. This competitive, rapidly growing species is changing farming methods in southern states and has been the No. 1 weed concern for growers, according to the 2012 Beck Ag survey of LibertyLink users. Waterhemp is another example. According to North Dakota State University weed specialists, if 10 percent of a waterhemp plant’s seeds are glyphosate-resistant then 2,500 of those plants could survive two applications of glyphosate, causing further exponential growth.

Diminishing Returns

Thomas Jacobs, a LibertyLink® seed producer and grower based in Arkansas, knows the effects weed resistance can have on long-term investments. “There are weeds resistant to DNA herbicides, sulfonamides and Roundup or glyphosate,” Jacobs says. “Some farmers are losing all their technologies.”

Resistance has been confirmed to five different herbicide classes in parts of the Midwest.

When applied as part of the LibertyLink system, Liberty® herbicide offers a unique mode of action to combat resistance frequently found in key driver weeds like waterhemp and Palmer amaranth.

What Sets LibertyLink Apart

Liberty Herbicide offers a unique mode of action to combat resistance frequently found in key driver weeds like waterhemp and Palmer amaranth.

The LibertyLink Difference

Brad Barber of Mount Orab, Ohio, rotates LibertyLink soybeans as a major part of his resistance management strategy and says they provide satisfying yields. “It’s very easy to clean up resistant weeds with LibertyLink soybeans. I’ve never had it fail,” he says. “It’s amazing how well the program works as a resistance management tool.” At 52 bushels per acre, Barber’s LibertyLink soybeans averaged 8 to 10 bushels an acre more than other soybeans on his operation.

An average of 70 percent of LibertyLink growers reported yields as good as or better than other varieties on their farms, and 85 percent reported satisfaction with the value of the LibertyLink system.There are no new herbicide modes of action on the horizon, so preservation of existing technologies is essential to manage weeds and stay profitable. In fact, LibertyLink technology and Liberty herbicide offer the most reliable management solution for resistant weeds. The evidence is in the results. When surveyed, an average of 70 percent of LibertyLink growers reported yields as good as or better than other varieties on their farms, and 85 percent reported satisfaction with the value of the LibertyLink system.

It’s more important than ever for growers to have dependable solutions now that many traditional technologies are no longer viable resistance management options. The LibertyLink system delivers, acting effectively on resistant weeds and increasing return on investment. For more information about LibertyLink and Liberty herbicide, contact your Crop Science representative.

Works Cited

  • 2012 Beck Ag Survey of LibertyLink Users.
  • CropScience.bayer.us. Bayer CropScience, 2010. Web. March 19, 2013.

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