Today we are with Malone Rosemond, Tech Service Rep for the MidAtlantic states for Bayer CropScience. Malone, tell us, how does Bayer define stewardship?
“Bayer defines stewardship by proper use of our products. We steward them so that growers apply them according to the label and that helps maintain the long term sustainability of the products.”
What does Bayer do to educate growers and retailers on proper stewardship and integrated weed management?
“We try to educate growers to apply products like Liberty and the LibertyLink system in a way that they start clean with pre-emergent herbicides and use of residuals, use the full rates of post-emergent products, as well as proper timing and nozzle selection all play into the part of getting the optimum activity of our product.”
How have growers implemented your suggestions into their growing plan?
“Growers have used Liberty or the Liberty Link system and have adopted these practices fairly readily. The university extension specialists have done a great job in promoting the use of rotations as well as starting clean.”
What are the most important things to remember?
“The most important thing is timely application.”
Why should growers use LibertyLink and Liberty herbicide in their management plans?
“We are promoting a lot of rotations. We have another initiative that is called ‘Respect the Rotation’ that rotates crops, modes of action and technologies. LibertyLink system is about the only alternative to an over the top glyphosate based system. That system is a good alternative to RoundUp Ready in fighting resistant weeds.”
We talk about preserving the system that we have. What is Bayer doing to ensure long term success of Liberty and LibertyLink technology?
“It comes down to rotate, rotate and rotate. We are really pushing rotating crops, modes of action and technologies and traits.”