Bayer discusses present and future crop protection challenges at CropTec

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Bayer will be out in force at CropTec to discuss the main challenges for crop production now and in the future. Black-grass control, crop breeding and grain storage will all have dedicated seminars and displays.

The Bayer Black-Grass Hub is a dedicated stand focusing on black-grass control. Located in the middle of the show, the Hub boasts information, presentations and most importantly of all, experts to talk through weed control strategies.

“It is a great opportunity for visitors to learn a little more and ask questions of advisors, agronomists and farmers about what works and what doesn’t,” says Ben Coombs of Bayer. “After the long dry autumn, we’re looking forward to finding out arable farmers’ first impressions of weed control this year.”

The Hub also features four short presentations to examine new technology and techniques for black-grass control. The talks are scheduled between the main CropTec seminars so visitors can get the most of everything on offer.

Simon Rehill from Airinov will look at the future of weed control, and how drones can be used to map & monitor black-grass populations. Agrovista’s Mark Hemmant and Chris Martin will be discussing Project Lamport the firm’s long-term cover crop and establishment trial which is focused on black-grass management..

Visitors can also hear a farmer’s perspective with Russ McKenzie (29 November) and Paul Drinkwater (30 November) who will be talking about cultivations, sharing their thoughts on successes and lessons learned. The final presentation features Bayer’s Ben Giles and Darren Adkins going through the how, when and why of cereal herbicide applications. This includes a focus on Bayer’s new product Hamlet (mesosulfuron + iodosulfuron + diflufenican) which will give wheat farmers a boost in post-emergence black-grass control this autumn.

Bayer is also sponsoring the Crop Breeding seminar in the main theatre at 3:30pm on both days which will be chaired by Susannah Bolton of AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds. The seminar will include Strutt & Parker’s advice on how to risk proof the rotation, taking into account how variety decision-making impacts not just yield and disease resistance, but also cash-flow and longer-term implications such as black-grass control.

Accompanying Strutt & Parker will be Bill Angus, an Independent Wheat Consultant, who will provide a background to why hybrid wheat might provide the answer to more profitable times for UK growers. There will also be an opportunity to hear about the role new breeding technologies will have in the development of future varieties for the UK, led by Roslin Institute (day 1) & British Society of Plant Breeders (day 2). 

“The task for Plant Breeders is to develop new varieties that provide the best genetic solution to the challenges faced by growers,” adds Adrian Cottey, head of seeds in Northern Europe for Bayer.

“New breeding technologies will play an increasingly important role alongside crop protection for farmers in the future. The CropTec plant breeding seminar is an excellent opportunity for growers to learn more about innovative and exciting breeding technologies, and how they might benefit UK growers.”

In the ‘Grain Hub’ Bayer’s Richard Moseley will cover responsible rodenticide use at 3:00pm on both days.

“Our products are essential for on farm rodent control, but the wider environmental impact must also be addressed as an industry to continue making sure users practice responsible rodenticide use,” says Mr Moseley.

The presentation will discuss best practice for rodent control, and new regulations which dictate that anyone applying second generation anticoagulant rodenticides is required to be fully competent and hold a professional certificate. For those unable to make the talk, information on this topic will be available on the Bayer Environmental Services – stand number 184.

Completing Bayer’s presence at CropTec is a seeds and agchem stand opposite the main theatre (number 110) with an array of information and specialists on crop production and protection.