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How can weed management contribute
to sustainable agriculture?

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The future is now

All Bayer’s efforts to support modern, high-performing farming systems, preserve the environment, and protect human health are driven by a concern to promote sustainable agriculture.
Sustainable agriculture is gaining increasing support as a means of overcoming the current and future challenges of ensuring food security for a growing world population. To support this goal, Bayer’s Integrated Weed Management (IWM) Program takes a global approach to enhance agricultural productivity and secure food supplies in the long term by offering customized solutions for weed control and strongly promoting best weed management practices.

Best weed management practices

Bayer’s priorities are to achieve the best possible crop rotation that disrupts the lifecycle of target weeds, enhances a farm’s productivity, implements best practices to protect groundwater and surface water, and preserves the health of the soil.

Water management

Water conservation is an essential element of sustainable agriculture. Advanced application technologies for crop protection products play a major role in reducing spray drift and ensuring that these products only impact their targets. Since the right dosage and application timing are also critical in achieving these goals, they constitute an important part of the IWM guidelines. For more information, click here.

Experts at Bayer CropScience have developed an innovative system for farmers designed to prevent contamination of surface waters by, for example, crop protection products. Any pesticides in the rinse water that is left over after cleaning the farmyard are broken down in exactly the same way as they would be naturally – only more efficiently. Bayer’s Phytobac™ system ensures that contaminants cannot get into sewage systems or nearby bodies of water when spraying equipment is filled or cleaned on the farm.

Soil management

Soil management plays a decisive role for Integrated Weed Management. Beside herbicides, it is the most effective and economical method of weed control. By reducing the weed pressure soil management also supports herbicide efficacy, thus decreasing resistance selection pressure on herbicides. Soil tillage may be used to bury weed seeds deep in the soil where they cannot emerge and may disappear via degradation or be eaten by soil organisms. Shallow soil tillage, on the other hand, may be used to stimulate weed seed germination as applied in stale seed bed systems. Tillage also has a positive effect on crop establishment (soil aeration, good seedbed, faster early growth, earlier crop establishment). On the other hand, soil aeration leads to faster biological degradation processes in the soil, which reduce its carbon content; besides, tillage loosens the soil and may destroy its structure, which makes it prone to erosion. In addition, the soil flora and fauna may be negatively influenced and a great deal of energy and time also have to be invested.

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