Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Bayer CropScience Launches New Technology and Showcases Innovations in the Museum of Modern Agriculture

Farm Progress Show provides opportunities to connect with growers and share stories.

Decatur, Ill. (August 30, 2011) – A corporate greenhouse devoted to innovation and research, century farms, and new products are conversation topics as Bayer CropScience debuts the Museum of Modern Agriculture at the 2011 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill.

The museum is an opportunity to engage growers in the stories behind the agricultural innovations they enjoy today and give them a look at what is to come.

State-of-the-Art BioScience Greenhouse
The museum features a video update on the new, state-of-the-art greenhouse in Research Triangle Park, N.C. that Bayer CropScience is building to expand its BioScience corn and soybean research and development activities. The BioScience greenhouse will be designed to conduct GM and non-GM trait research, and also will support discovery research for molecular breeding and the development of data packages for trait deregulation.

The two-story facility will provide 30,000 square feet of greenhouse space and 2,400 square feet of growth chambers together with associated laboratory, seed handling and storage areas. The total area of the building will be 60,000 square feet and will accommodate 25 staff members upon completion by the second quarter of 2012.

Learn more by checking out this video featuring a rendering of the facility and comments from Geoff Kneen, Vice President and Head of BioScience RTP Operations. http://www.youtube.com/bayercropscienceus#p/c/7649122CF706ED46/0/Dor1LkhCjWY

Capreno® Supports Agriculture’s Lasting Heritage
The Museum of Modern Agriculture is also honoring Century Farms, those that have been in operation under the same family for more than 100 years. Agriculture’s Lasting Heritage is a collaboration between the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and Capreno®, the longest-lasting herbicide of its kind. The website, www.agricultureslastingheritage.org, celebrates the contribution of century farms to the heritage of our nation. Appropriately named “Agriculture’s Lasting Heritage,” this website tells the story of American farm and ranch families who have shaped the history of our nation.

New Innovative Technologies
Last year, Bayer CropScience launched Poncho®/VOTiVO® for corn, and for the 2012 growing season, Poncho/VOTiVO will be available on soybeans and cotton as well. Poncho/VOTiVO combines the most trusted seed-applied insecticide on the market with the most revolutionary, complete nematode protection on the seed. Its unique biological mode of action provides growers with above and below ground protection against early-season insects and nematodes.

In addition, growers will be introduced to the On Demand™ seed treatment system. On Demand is the first and only fully-automated seed treatment system developed to make treating seeds easier, more accurate and more efficient. The system is designed with product stewardship and convenience in mind, offering consistent applications resulting in improved seed integrity and accountability.

Stratego® YLD
Stratego YLD is commonly applied on corn at the tassel stage. However, the practice of applying fungicides at V5 is gaining popularity with many growers due to the disease protection and stalk protection that the earlier spay timing provides.

In 2010, Stratego YLD was extensively tested in corn at both at the V5 stage and at tassel. In these trials, Stratego YLD applications at V5 provided an average 8.8 bu/A yield bump over untreated checks and an average 13.4 bu/A yield bump when paired with a second application at tassel.

LibertyLink® Soybeans and Ignite® Herbicide
LibertyLink technology and Ignite herbicide provide the most reliable solution to manage or prevent glyphosate weed resistance in soybeans. Glyphosate may control over 300 weed species, but is not effective if it doesn’t control the main driver weeds in a grower’s field, such as waterhemp, giant ragweed or Palmer pigweed. These are the weeds most detrimental to yield. Rotating crops, modes of action and herbicide-tolerant traits helps manage driver weeds.

Growers at the Farm Progress Show will have the opportunity to hear from other farmers and share their own experiences with LibertyLink soybeans and Ignite herbicide by visiting the website www.TheLibertyLinkStory.com. They’ll also have the opportunity to enter the LibertyLink Sweepstakes for a chance to win one of 10 NOOK Color™ reading devices or the Grand Prize, a brand new Polaris® Ranger Crew® 800!

“The Museum of Modern Agriculture honors the rich history of agriculture and celebrates the significant contributions of today’s farmer to our world,” notes Jim Blome, President/CEO of Bayer CropScience North America. “We are excited to provide technology that helps growers to be as effective as possible in producing a safe, ample food supply for the world, while protecting it at the same time.”

Growers can find the Bayer CropScience Museum of Modern Agriculture at the Farm Progress Show lot 441 on Central Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets. This year’s show runs August 30 - September 1.

For more information on Bayer CropScience, visit www.bayercropscience.us or contact your local sales representative for product information. You can follow Bayer CropScience on Twitter at @Bayer4CropsUS.

About Bayer CropScience
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, a subgroup of Bayer AG with annual sales of EUR 6.83 billion (2010), is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and traits. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of 20,700 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at: www.press.bayercropscience.com.

Contact:

Beth Roden, Bayer CropScience
(919) 549-2030
beth.roden@bayer.com

Sarah Kolell, AdFarm
(913) 424-6845
sarah.kolell@adfarmonline.com

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