Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Respect the Rotation™ Events in Nebraska Reinforces Best Management Practices

Nebraska growers get updates on managing glyphosate weed resistance

Lincoln, Nebraska (Sept. 4, 2012) – Continual use of glyphosate herbicides alone has led to a weed resistance crisis in many parts of the United States, with farmers struggling with severe weed problems while watching profits drain from their pocketbooks. At the recent Unviersity of Nebraska field days in Big Springs and David City, Neb. sponsored in part by Respect the Rotation™  and Bayer CropScience, nearly 300 farmers, retailers, seed company and association representatives heard warnings from those in the forefront of the problem about what is right around the corner, if not already present - resistance. They listened to the latest updates on giant ragweed, kochia and resistance hot spots, as well as timely information on how to reduce the potential for resistance issues to emerge on their farms.

Field plots at the event clearly demonstrated what can occur with lack of herbicide diversity. Many attendees saw a reflection of what they already see in their fields at home.

“The take-home message for today is rotate crops, tankmix, use multiple modes of action and rotate herbicides,” said Greg Kruger, University of Nebraska weed scientist. “To keep weeds like glyphosate-resistant giant ragweed, marestail, waterhemp and kochia under control, we need to aggressively manage them thoughout Nebraska.”

“More than at any time in our history, farmers must manage for weed control or face the loss of productivity, sustainability and their legacy to future generations,” Kevin Wattyne, Bayer technical service representative, explained. “These integrated weed management practices provide a solid foundation to preserve conservation tillage, steward additional herbicide-tolerant technologies and promote sustainable and profitable row crop production.”

Attendees were also able to see how innovative solutions from Bayer can be incorporated into their management programs to deter resistance development through a variety of tools. Plots included a range of Bayer products, including LibertyLink® technology and Liberty® herbicide.

“Bayer is dedicated to bringing game-changing technologies like LibertyLink and Liberty to market to help address the most important agronomic challenges farmers face,” added Wattyne. “These solutions are a perfect fit for the principles of Respect the Rotation.”

“The goal of the initiative is to promote farmer adoption of diversified management practices that help manage or prevent glyphosate-resistant weeds, as well as promote stewardship of viable alternatives,” he continued. “LibertyLink soybeans are a good fit.”

The Respect the Rotation initiative, conducted by Bayer and local university scientists, promotes rotation of crops, herbicide-tolerant traits and modes of action to encourage greater diversity in herbicide programs and reinforce the principals of Integrated Weed Management. It encourages the use of multiple chemical, cultural and mechanical control methods where feasible.

The Nebraksa events are two of several programs conducted throughout the South and Midwest this summer. The program, in its third year, provides a forum for education and discussion on management of resistant weeds. During that time, Bayer has seen positive changes implemented throughout the weed science and agricultural industry communities, as well as by farmers and influencers at the field level.

In addition to Bayer and Respect the Rotation, the University of Nebraska field day was also sponsored by the Nebraska Soybean Board, BASF, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont, FMC Corporation, Monsanto, Syngenta and Valent.

Additional information about weed resistance management or Respect the Rotation, including educational tools, is available online at http://www.bayercropscience.us/products/weed-management/.

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