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Bayer CropScience Offers Preventative Measures to Avoid Herbicide Resistant Weeds

Today we are joined by Technical Services Representative for the Mid Atlantic Region, Malone Rosemond.

What does Bayer recommend to prevent herbicide resistance?

“Bayer CropScience encourages growers to adopt multiple practices to manage or delay resistance, there is no single strategy that is totally effective. There are no new herbicide modes of action on the horizon. Preservation of existing technologies like LibertyLink is essential to manage weeds and stay profitable. The LibertyLink system allows the rotation of crops, traits and herbicide modes of action to steward current and future weed management technologies.”

What does Bayer do to educate growers and industry on the importance of preserving the weed management tools we have now?

“Bayer is a sponsor of an initiative called ‘Respect the Rotation’. This initiative utilizes the experience of industry reps, university crop specialists and extension specialists to promote the importance of rotating crops, modes of action, and traits to protect weed control programs, to help manage resistance and preserve existing chemistries.”

Tell us how has glyphosate weed resistance impacted the trait technology landscape?

“Before weed resistance it was very easy for a grower to use only glyphosate for weed control. RoundUp ready crops enabled him to park his cultivators, put his hooded sprayers in the woods, reduce his chemical inputs and increase his profit. Chemical companies then reduced their R&D efforts into discovery of new modes of action. Now agriculture has to adapt to the resistance paradigm by developing new traits that impart tolerance to chemistries that control resistant weeds. LibertyLink and Liberty herbicide fit well into this new paradigm. It provides growers with an alternative to glyphosate based programs to effectively control weeds, reduce labor costs and increase profits.”

Where do LibertyLink traits and herbicides fit?

“LibertyLink and LibertyLink herbicide fit well into this primarily because its an alternative to glyphosate based programs to effectively control weeds and reduce labor costs.”

Tell us about the LibertyLink LinkUp offer:

“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.” is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.