“What Bayer is doing with Respect the Rotation really ties into the university message. It talks about utilizing different herbicide modes of action and rotating traits to keep a sustainable focus on crop protection and weed management,” said Wesley Everman, assistant professor and Extension weed specialist with North Carolina State University. “Using one herbicide, one mode of action or one technology only leads us down the path where we lose that product or technology for future use.”
Arlene Cotie, product development manager for Bayer CropScience, agrees. “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,” she said. “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.
“Bayer is dedicated to bringing game-changing technologies like LibertyLink and Liberty to market to help address the most important agronomic challenges growers face.”
Seeing Is Believing
Visual images of potential weed issues made impressions on Respect the Rotation event attendees.
“When I drove up today, I had never seen a weed as tall as me,” admitted Mike Mueller, grower from Clarence, Missouri. “I was scared, but I am optimistic we can fight this resistance problem. We can beat this if we steward the ground and rotate modes of action.”
“Our growers look to us to find solutions for their problems. That’s part of the reason why we’re here today,” explained Ryan Hellriegel of Bowie Fertilizer in Overton, Nebraska. “The overall takeaway is the need to use different types of practices, whether they’re chemical, mechanical or other ways to control these weeds, not just one solution.”
Yet Mike Wilson with Agrineed in West Po
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