New IWM Platform set up in Iran to drive the dialog on sustainable weed control
29 Juni, 2018
29 June, 2018
The 3-hectare platform located near Shush, a city in the Khuzestan province of Iran, was established at the end of 2017 with a 5-year horizon on a contracted field where the farmer is growing the crops with the Bayer team supervising implementation of the programs. The objective is to develop and demonstrate a sustainable approach in weed control for arable crops by implementing best management practices. The program will specifically address the management of herbicide-resistant weeds with the overall aim of maintaining or increasing the yield potential throughout a long-term rotation.
Under the leadership of Farid Lotfi, Field Development Manager of Bayer in Iran, a protocol was jointly developed together with the grower and the marketing and development functions in Iran and the Middle East country cluster. A lot of insights were gained from participation in the IWM training program and the support of the global and region colleagues. A total of 27 plots are under study with programs primarily focusing on the rotation of crops and herbicides and also on the use of relevant cultural practices. After the end of this first crop cycle the protocol will be refined and adapted to enable the best possible weed control results and manage resistant weeds during the next crop rotations. An emerging priority is to target the reduction of the weed seed bank.
The crops in rotation are wheat, corn, canola and sugar beet. Previously, only wheat and corn were planted in this field and there was no rotation of herbicidal modes of action. For these reasons weed control became problematic in recent years with weeds like Avena, Sinapis and Malva being predominant. The Iranian Ministry of Agriculture (PPO/PPI) and Tehran University are also involved in fine-tuning the programs through assessing the performance of the resistance management program and analyzing the data.
Last but not least, the IWM platform is a key component in efficiently promoting and communicating the subject of Integrated Weed Management to farmers and stakeholders interested in optimized and sustainable weed control programs. Visiting this IWM platform triggers dialog and visual learnings on the benefits of practicing IWM. The plan is to establish more platforms in other areas of the country with different climatic conditions, rotations and weed spectrum so that, looking forward, Bayer can lead this dialog and become a reference in this field.