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Bayer’s £800m research pot promises big benefits for growers

May 10, 2016 by  
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The opportunity to see and discuss the next generation of new products resulting from Bayer’s research and development investment will be the highlight of the firm’s Cereals 2016 stand.

“For every £100 a grower spends on Bayer products, such as Aviator Xpro, Proline, Liberator and Atlantis, £10 goes into research to find the next tool to help growers grow better quality, higher yielding crops,” says Chris Cooksley, the company’s head of marketing.

Bayer research is a global pot amounting to around €1bn (£800m) a year over the next five years. Around 20% is earmarked for specific European projects that will benefit UK and Irish farmers – significantly more than the 7.7% industry average, says Mr Cooksley.

That investment is paying off with a whole raft of new products, varieties and services, which Bayer hopes to launch in the next few years. Top of the list at Cereals 2016 will be first glimpses of a new black-grass herbicide and wheat fungicide.

“We know growers are anxious for any improvements they can make to their black-grass control,” says Mr Cooksley. “Our new post-emergence product will do just that, as well as giving better broad-leaved weed control than Atlantis.”

Bayer will be demonstrating its black-grass activity in programmes against a range of black-grass populations in the pots at Cereals. Also on display in the wheat plots on the Bayer stand will be the next generation wheat fungicide, BAYF27828, based on SDHI and prothioconazole chemistry.

In the oilseed rape plots, two exciting new varieties will be showcased. InVigor 1030 (InV1030) is a candidate for the 2017/18 AHDB Recommended List, and has excellent yield, extremely high oil content and the best combination of disease resistance to both Phoma and light leaf spot.

Also available for planting in autumn 2016 is InVigor 1020 (InV1020). This has a similar agronomic profile to Harper, but with improved standing power and the highest oil content available, says Mr Cooksley.

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