Cereals: The Arable Event

Bayer’s Cereals stand brings novel way to look at diseases and weeds

24-Mar-2017 Bayer

A novel way of looking at disease and weeds in plots will be one of the highlights of the Bayer stand (635) at Cereals 2017.


Instead of just parting the crop to see disease levels, the firm is digging a trench through the treated and untreated wheat plots so visitors can look more closely at disease levels on the various leaf layers, says Will Charlton, Bayer Campaign Manager for Cereal Fungicides.


“The treated plots will have had our new SDHI fungicide Ascra Xpro (bixafen + fluopyram + prothioconazole) applied at T2, so this demonstration will allow growers a new way at looking the performance on key leaf layers.”


In addition, Cereals 2017 will mark the last chance for growers who have used Ascra to enter a prize draw for the chance to win a Polaris Ranger buggy worth over £10,000.


“There’s a code printed on every Ascra can, which if growers bring to our stand at Cereals, we can enter into the prize draw,” Mr Charlton says.


In the ever-popular black-grass area, visitors will be able to talk through all aspects of control programmes from cultural management, such as spring cropping and delayed drilling to new chemical options, including Hamlet (iodosulfuron + mesosulfuron + diflufenican), Monolith (mesosulfuron + propoxycarbazone) and a new pre-emergence black-grass herbicide.


“This year we are bringing our weed-screen to Cereals, which will allow growers to see herbicide performance from new and current options across a range of grassweeds, including different resistant strains of black-grass,” Ben Coombs, Campaign Manager for Cereal Herbicides, says.


With oilseed rape income including oil bonus worth approximately £425/ha* more than at Cereals 2016, the crop is looking more attractive for this autumn. The Bayer plots will demonstrate the InVigor portfolio, including the new varieties InV1010 and InV1035, and agronomy tips to make sure the crop gets off to the best start and is protected through the season from pests and diseases.


Consistency of performance is something that a lot of growers are looking for in their oilseed rape variety, notes Sarah Middleton, OSR Seeds and Traits Campaign Manager. “Oil content is one characteristic which is consistent from year-to-year, and with the better financial back-drop to the crop currently, it also helps growers increase their returns. One of our demonstrations will highlight the difference between varieties and the impact it can have on the bottom line.”


In the seed treatment area, there will be a range of seed- and soil-borne diseases on display, such as loose smut, bunt, leaf stripe and covered smut. The seed treatment team will be on hand to talk growers through how to identify these diseases, as well as treatment options such as Redigo Pro (prothioconazole + tebuconazole) and for insect pests Deter (clothianidin).


A new area on the stand will be the Innovation Hub – which will feature, in particular, a working demonstration easyFlow rig, Bayer’s new closed transfer system for introducing liquid chemicals to the spray tank. This has already attracted a lot of interest from sprayer operators this spring, with the chance to test the system being heavily over-subscribed.


The Innovation Hub will also feature a small working Phytobac model. The Phytobac is an innovative closed biobed system to help protect watercourses and for growers to manage dilute washings from sprayers.


Bayer will also be on the BASIS and NRoSO trails at Cereals 2017. To gain points visitors have to answer 15 questions correctly with all the answers to be found on the stand.


*Income difference between June 2016 and March 2017 based on InV1030 oil content and seed yield, and OSR prices in those months.



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