Bayer CropScience Working Against Weed Resistance
Today we are joined by Rob Flemming, Halifax County Farmer and Cotton grower.
Rob, lets talk about why you chose LibertyLink cotton this year?
“I chose LibertyLink cotton for my farm because the weeds that we have on our farm are resistant to RoundUp ready systems. LibertyLink seems to be a good fit on my farm.”
What are the characteristics and genetics that LibertyLink cotton offered you that you wanted:
“LibertyLink, in both Stoneville and Fibermax cotton, has very good variety traits, fiber qualities and the cotton does very well on my farms.”
How did it yield in comparison to other varieties?
"This 2012 cropping season was very very good. There was no drought and we had excess rain. Really there was no difference in a lot of the LibertyLink varieties, except for one, my Fibermax 1944, did perform very very well. It was around 1630 pounds per acre.”
How has weed resistance impacted your farm?
“Weed resistance became a real big issue 2-3 years ago. They were moving in on us from neighbors and neighboring counties. We knew it was going to be a problem so we got on the band wagon and started using residual herbicides to beat down this resistance.”
What would you say to another grower that is thinking of getting into the LibertyLink system?
“I would really encourage they use residual herbicides along with the use of Liberty to protect the system. Liberty is a great herbicide and works extremely well. My concern is, lets preserve that system as well.”