Today we are joined by Malone Rosemond, Technical Service Representative in the Mid Atlantic Region for Bayer CropScience.
Malone, how do resistant weeds impact a growers bottom line?
“Competition from glyphosate resistant weeds steals yields and with it, profit back to the grower. Weed control costs have recently sky rocketed because growers now routinely have to hand weed. It’s not uncommon for growers to lose entire fields if they let weeds get out of hand.”
What level of yield or economic loss are we talking about?
“With Palmer Pigweed its not uncommon for growers who let that weed get out of hand to lose their entire field.”
How have grower reactions changed as a result of increased weed resistance?
“Growers have adapted many techniques and weed control programs that they thought they would never have to deal with again. This includes the use of residual herbicides that burn down pre emergence, increased use of hand weeding and the adoption of rotating modes of action, crops and traits has increased dramatically.”
Explain how LibertyLink technology and Liberty herbicide affect growers ROI?
“LibertyLink technology allows growers to rotate modes of action and traits in order to combat resistance from getting out of hand. Liberty is and will be an important tool for cotton and soybean growers. Many growers have switched to the LibertyLink systems for just that reason.”
Is that how Bayer invests in its own customer’s success?
“Bayer has invested millions of dollars in to research and development to bring grower products and technologies that solve his needs and produce high quality, high yielding crops that increase profitability on the farm. We just opened up a $20 million research facility in RTP that contains growth chambers and green house space to conduct research and incorporate new traits and the testing of new seed treatments and formulations.”
Tell us about the LibertyLink offer and how it works:
“This is a new link up tool that was launched in late September and allows growers to work with their retailers and their seed sellers to forecast Liberty herbicide requirements when booking LibertyLink seed. It’s very important that growers forecast their Liberty herbicide needs in this tool when booking their LibertyLink soybeans, cotton and canola. Information from this link up tool will be used to align supply of Liberty with LibertyLink seed.”