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A systematic approach to optimizing performance

August 31, 2023 4:00 p.m.

As many customers know, protecting plant health is critical when maximizing crop performance. Crop protection products help the plant to better tolerate stress conditions and preserve yield potential. As providers of DEKALB® and Asgrow® brands, we not only have the privilege of offering tailored product solutions fit for specific conditions, but can also offer advice on Bayer’s best-in-class integrated crop protection portfolio of seed treatments, fungicides, and weed and insect control products – all cohesively working together to help protect the full genetic potential of the seed and optimize performance for the customer.


Seed is the Foundation

Choosing the latest seed technology is one of the most important decisions customers will make for their operation when looking to drive performance and profitability potential.

DEKALB corn remains focused on delivering higher yield while offering better crop protection against environmental stress, pests and disease. Today, all DEKALB products include leading biotechnology, diverse global germplasm and exclusive genetics not found in any other seed bag, along with local agronomic support for season-long success.

With exclusive genetics, Asgrow® XtendFlex® soybeans continue to deliver significant yield improvements and improved plant health, as well as enhanced weed- and insect-control options. Our research and development pipeline applies the use of advanced breeding for native traits, biotechnology and agronomic solutions.


Crop Protection to Help Customers Optimize Performance

Seed Treatment —We know every field is different and every crop has its unique set of challenges.

Seed treatments offer advanced products that protect against early-season insects and diseases. For example, seed treatment fungicides are a great tool to help provide protection in less-than-ideal early season conditions, particularly in cold, wet soils or compacted soils that are excessively dry. These conditions can slow germination and emergence, leaving seed and seedlings more susceptible to attack.


Foliar Fungicides As we’ve all learned, foliar fungicides are very important in managing disease. For example, a properly timed corn foliar fungicide application around the tasseling growth stage can greatly improve overall plant health and help protect yield potential. Fungicides can work better at preventing rather than curing disease. Foliar diseases of corn are a concern when they develop early and progress up the plant before grain fill is complete. Some corn diseases to watch for include northern corn leaf blight, gray leaf spot rust, eyespot, tar spot and Anthracnose leaf blight. Begin scouting fields for foliar disease symptoms just before tasseling and continue through the grain filling stages of growth. Rapid grain filling occurs from R2 (blister) to late R5 (full dent). Examine the ear leaf and leaves above and below the ear at several locations throughout a field. If disease is present on the majority of leaves, a fungicide application may be necessary. Bayer remains committed to bringing the latest exclusive genetics from DEKALB corn, as well as crop protection and disease modeling to assure the best systems-based solutions to manage disease and maximize potential performance.


Weed and Insect Control Controlling weed and insect pressure is beneficial for many reasons, including reducing plant stress. Weeds can take essential nutrients from the plant and attract insects — making the plant more prone to plant stress. For corn, TriVolt™ herbicide helps to consistently control broadleaf weeds and grasses with burndown and residual control. Asgrow® XtendFlex® soybeans offer the industry’s first triple-stacked soybean trait containing tolerance to dicamba, glyphosate and glufosinate to help farmers control tough-to-manage weeds.


Bayer is a member of Excellence Through Stewardship® (ETS). Bayer products are commercialized in accordance with ETS Product Launch Stewardship Guidance, and in compliance with Bayer’s Policy for Commercialization of Biotechnology-Derived Plant Products in Commodity Crops. Commercialized products have been approved for import into key export markets with functioning regulatory systems. Any crop or material produced from this product can only be exported to, or used, processed or sold in countries where all necessary regulatory approvals have been granted. It is a violation of national and international law to move material containing biotech traits across boundaries into nations where import is not permitted. Growers should talk to their grain handler or product purchaser to confirm their buying position for this product. Excellence Through Stewardship® is a registered trademark of Excellence Through Stewardship.

VT4PRO™ with RNAi Technology corn products are expected to be commercially available for the 2024 growing season.

ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS. It is a violation of federal and state law to use any pesticide product other than in accordance with its labeling. NOT ALL formulations of dicamba, glyphosate or glufosinate are approved for in-crop use with products with XtendFlex® Technology. ONLY USE FORMULATIONS THAT ARE SPECIFICALLY LABELED FOR SUCH USES AND APPROVED FOR SUCH USE IN THE STATE OF APPLICATION. Contact the U.S. EPA and your state pesticide regulatory agency with any questions about the approval status of dicamba herbicide products for in-crop use with products with XtendFlex® Technology.

FOR CORN, EACH ACCELERON® SEED APPLIED SOLUTIONS OFFERING is a combination of separate individually registered products containing the active ingredients: BASIC plus Poncho®/VOTiVO® Offering for corn: metalaxyl, ethaboxam, prothioconazole, fluoxastrobin, clothianidin, Bacillus firmus I-1582. ELITE plus Poncho®/VOTiVO® Offering for corn: metalaxyl, ethaboxam, clothianidin, and Bacillus firmus I-1582; prothioconazole and fluoxastrobin at rates that suppress additional diseases. BASIC Offering for corn: metalaxyl, prothioconazole, fluoxastrobin, ethaboxam, and clothianidin. ELITE Offering for corn: metalaxyl, ethaboxam, and clothianidin; and prothioconazole and fluoxastrobin at rates that suppress additional diseases. BioRise® Corn Offering is the on-seed application of BioRise® 360 ST. BioRise® Corn Offering is included seamlessly across offerings on all class of 2017 and newer products.

The distribution, sale, or use of an unregistered pesticide is a violation of federal and/or state law and is strictly prohibited. Not all products are approved in all states.

B.t. products may not yet be registered in all states. Check with your seed brand representative for the registration status in your state.

IMPORTANT IRM INFORMATION: Certain products are sold as RIB Complete® corn blend products, and do not require the planting of a structured refuge except in the Cotton-Growing Area where corn earworm is a significant pest. Products sold without refuge in the bag (non-RIB Complete) require the planting of a structured refuge. See the IRM/Grower Guide for additional information. Always read and follow IRM requirements.

Roundup Ready® 2 Technology contains genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate. Products with XtendFlex® Technology contains genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate, glufosinate and dicamba. Glyphosate will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. Dicamba will kill crops that are not tolerant to dicamba. Glufosinate will kill crops that are not tolerant to glufosinate. Contact your seed brand dealer or refer to the Bayer Technology Use Guide for recommended weed control programs.

Insect control technology provided by Vip3A is utilized under license from Syngenta Crop Protection AG. TriVolt™ is a restricted use pesticide. Not all products are registered for use in all states and may be subject to use restrictions. The distribution, sale, or use of an unregistered pesticide is a violation of federal and/or state law and is strictly prohibited. Check with your local dealer or representative for the product registration status in your state. Agrisure Viptera® is a registered trademark of a Syngenta group company. LibertyLink logo® , LibertyLink®, Poncho® and Votivo® are trademarks of BASF Corporation. Respect the Refuge and Corn Design® and Respect the Refuge® are registered trademarks of National Corn Growers Association. Acceleron®, Asgrow®, BioRise®, DEKALB®, Delaro®, RIB Complete®, Roundup Ready 2 Technology and Design®, Roundup Ready 2 Xtend®, Roundup Ready 2 Yield®, TriVolt™, VT4PRO™ and XtendFlex® are trademarks of Bayer Group. For additional product information call toll-free 1-866-99-BAYER (1-866-992-2937) or visit our website at Bayer CropScience LP, 800 North Lindbergh Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63167. ©2023 Bayer Group. All Rights Reserved.