Following the well-proven, no-nonsense formula of the past two years, growers of all Dekalb varieties will be able to claim £100/bag back through their seed supplier for any blocks of 6ha or more failing to establish.
This extends to every 1.5 million seed bag covering the affected area; applies to all crops sown before September 20; and, involves the least possible administration and hassle.
To take advantage of the scheme, all growers need to do is purchase any Dekalb seed through one of Bayer’s many participating distributors, plant it before September 20 and register at www.cropscience.bayer.co.uk/dkestablishment by September 30. Distributor-validated claims for crops failing to establish by the end of October will then automatically be credited with their refund.
“We are making what we believe to be the best establishment risk sharing scheme in the business as widely available as we can for the coming season,” says Bayer seed and seed treatment business manager, Adam Nears.
“We know it works, and we know our growers value the extra assurance it provides should flea beetle or other pressures prove too intense even for our especially robust hybrids. So, from now on no-one needs to ask whether their variety is covered. If it’s Dekalb they know it is.”
Following widespread supply difficulties with so many popular varieties across the country last year, Bayer is also removing any worry that seed won’t be delivered in time for even the earliest of plantings this season.
“We deliberately increased our seed production last season,” Mr Nears explains. “Having stored it under the best possible conditions and subjected it to our usual stringent quality controls, we have ensured we have sufficient top-quality seed of key varieties already in the country to offer a special early delivery as well as establishment guarantee.
“Working with key distributors, this means we are able to guarantee that anyone who orders seed of the four Dekalb varieties best suited to early drilling – DK Exposé, DK Excited,
DK Exstar and DK Extremus – before July will have it on farm by the 15th of the month at the latest. To support those wishing to growing Clearfield or HOLL crops, the same delivery guarantee extends to DK Imove CL, DK Imprint CL and V367OL.
“This double Dekalb assurance is part of the ‘beyond the bag’ difference we are committed to delivering alongside our trusted genetics to help growers manage their winter OSR production risk as effectively as possible.”
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