Arable Crop Day in Serbia:
First industry event to raise resistance issue
The most important and influential farmers, representatives of cooperatives, agricultural holdings institutes and universities, government and private-sector advisors, distributors, food processors: 400 stakeholders attended Bayer’s Arable Crop Day in Serbia in early February.
One of the main topics thematized at this event was Sorghum halepense (Johnson grass) resistance in corn, and above all what concrete solutions are possible. The feedback from the participants was very positive, above all because specific solutions were offered to tackle this burning issue.
The IWM approach in Serbia will be led by Zoran Tomasev and Andrija Lilic with the additional support from Aleksandra Valenta and Vladimir Ljubicic. When spoken to the project leads, they highlighted their main expected outcome of introducing IWM in Serbia is to strengthen the relationship with Bayer’s customers. “As a market leader it is our obligation to offer new and forward-thinking solution to burning problems. Because of the resistant sorghum, the Serbian approach intensively focuses on corn”. But the intention is to also present a much broader and holistic in terms of importance of mechanical, biological (e.g. crop-rotation) and chemical measures. Besides the focus topics, the Bayer team also gave those attending an overview of the current activities and future initiatives in the field of weed management and agricultural productivity.