Seeing is Believing for Growers at Bayer CropScience Respect the Rotation Events

Seeing is Believing for Growers at Bayer CropScience Respect the Rotation

Field Events Provide Visible Need for Best Management Practices in
Herbicide-Resistant Weed Control

Thousands of growers, agricultural retailers and consultants throughout the
Midwest and Southeast got a firsthand look at the impact that
herbicide-resistant weeds can have on their farming operations and,
potentially, to their bottom line, thanks to eight Respect the Rotation™ field
events held at research facilities and farms during the summer of 2012. What
they saw was both frightening and motivating.

From Palmer amaranth towering over attendees' heads in soybeans and cotton to
waterhemp and kochia choking out Midwestern row crops, the images were vivid
and the message was clear – best management practices, including rotation of
crops, herbicide-tolerant traits and modes of action, is needed to keep weed
species that are resistant to glyphosate, ALS products and other herbicides
under control.

Respect the Rotation is an initiative backed by Bayer CropScience and
university partners throughout the country to demonstrate the urgent need for
proactive management of difficult-to-control weeds and reinforce the
principles of Integrated Weed Management. At each event, university weed
scientists, industry experts and growers discussed current and potential
issues regarding herbicide-resistant weeds in their respective geographies.
Specialists from the Mid-South attended some Midwestern events to share
stories of trying to manage overwhelming resistant weed pressure.

"Weed control today is not what it used to be," explained Jeff Stachler,
assistant professor and Extension weed specialist at North Dakota State
University and the University of Minnesota. "We have too many species
resistant to a bunch of different herbicides, not just glyphosate. We also
have weeds with multiple resistance. We want to make sure people understand
the frequency of herbicide-resistant weeds and what needs to be done."

"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 Point, Iowa, admits cost may still be a
hindrance to some growers.

"Using different modes of action is a good thing," he said. "But when it adds
cost to the bottom line, growers sometimes seem to be a little reluctant.
Roundup's been too easy, too cheap for too long. Coming here today, I wanted
reassurance that I'm not the only one out here believing that there is a
problem with resistance management. And it is management. It goes from the
seed to the soil to the type of herbicides you use."

Stay Vigilant

"We don't have a single silver bullet," reminded Bryan Young, professor of
weed science/agronomy, Southern Illinois University. "We have integrated
approaches. We have new herbicide-resistant crop traits, such as the
LibertyLink system and future traits. The core of all this is proper herbicide
use and a good, effective, postemergence application on emerged weeds that
won't respond to glyphosate anymore."

"The point of Respect the Rotation is to continue to drive home the message
that resistance is a real concern," emphasized Alan York, professor emeritus
with North Carolina State University. "It's a problem. It's not going to go
away. It's something we're going to have to learn to manage and live with.

"We have to continue to fight this thing as hard as we can and try not to
stump our toe at any one place, so that we basically have to start back over
again," he added. "We have to get serious about Respecting the Rotation and
resistance management."

Respect the Rotation

The only way to remain profitable in the face of increasing
herbicide-resistant weed pressure is to Respect the Rotation – rotation of
crops, herbicide modes of action and herbicide-tolerant traits – to increase
diversity in every facet of an operation.

For those not able to attend an event in person this summer, take a tour of
the virtual Respect the Rotation event available through the Corn & Soybean
Digest website at Learn
about the management issues growers are facing and best practices to overcome
them through videos, photos and articles available online.

A wide variety of educational tools and information is available online. Visit, talk to
your local Bayer CropScience representative or call 1-866-99-BAYER

Follow Bayer at @Bayer4CropsUS. Suggested Tweets:

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Additional Resources:

  *See event coverage through the Respect the Rotation Storify feed
  *View videos from events on YouTube on the Bayer CropScience channel
  *See photos on the Flickr page for Bayer

About Bayer CropScience

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health
care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of
Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR
7.255 billion (2011) and is one of the world's leading innovative crop science
companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest
control. The company offers an
outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative crop
protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as well
as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In the
area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad portfolio
of products and services to control pests from home and garden to forestry
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