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Successful launch of the IWM Platform in Serbia

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    23 Juli, 2018

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23 July, 2018

The 1st IWM Platform in Serbia has been successfully launched on the 8th of June at a site near Belgrade, the Serbian capital. With more than 150 selected participants joining the local Bayer team the Bayer-led IWM Platform has reached the objective to show case best practices in weed control.
The IWM Platform consists of five plots with different rotations based on three crops: winter wheat, sunflowers and corn. Its overall objective is the management of very difficult-to-control weeds such as ALS-resistant Johnson grass (Sorghum halepense), Abutilon theophrasti, Ambrosia aretemisiifolia and Chenopodium album. The Platform was established in autumn 2017 and is scheduled to run until winter 2020. During these three years, Bayer will be implementing different IWM tactics: introducing spring crops such as sunflower in too narrow rotation, increasing diversity in the use of modes of action, or implementing specific mechanical techniques. The results are annually assessed and presented during the annual IWM Field Day for the benefit of leading arable farmers facing weed management issues on their farms.

As it is not possible to have a “one solution fits all” in weed control, the overall objective of the platform is to find out what would be the best combination of chemical, agronomical and mechanical techniques on the driver weeds the platform is targeting. In 2018, it already appears that rotating crops and modes of action have had a significant impact in delivering improved weed control. Some farmers have already taken actions and started implementing broader crop rotation, where possible.

Bayer is running an important information campaign in Serbia to increase awareness of the urgent need to take proactive action in implementing IWM tactics. To this end, Bayer Serbia published an IWM brochure explaining state-of-the-art integrated weed management tactics and sponsored in the last years several national events about weed science and sustainable arable crop management. Encouragingly, Bayer’s IWM information campaign and the results of the three years of trials have met with a positive response among stakeholders.The IWM Program is now part of the Bayer Serbia  commercial offering as a customized agronomic solution known as BayAR Program. Another positive effect of setting up the IWM Platform has been the close collaboration with the Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops Novi Sad with D.Sc. Goran Malidža.

 

Zoran Tomasev (Grower & Services Marketing Manager) and his colleagues Vladimir Ljubicic (Development Manager Serbia) and Zoran Marcic (Sales Representative, Banat Region)
 

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23 July, 2018