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18 May 2011

Sakura® reaches the next phase of development

Melbourne, 18 May 2011 – Bayer CropScience has received a research permit from the APVMA allowing large-scale evaluation trials to be conducted this season.

These large-scale evaluation trials, which will be conducted together with distributors and advisors under commercial farm conditions, will allow the exceptional performance of Sakura seen in scientific trials to be validated using farmers’ sowing and spraying equipment at over 200 sites across Australia.

As part of the large-scale permit, Bayer CropScience is also conducting several trials of up to 60–100 ha to evaluate the performance of Sakura through commercial spraying equipment over extended periods.

These trials are the final phase in the development of Sakura prior to commercial release, and are designed to identify any issues that may arise from use through grower equipment and farming systems.

Craig Pensini, Product Manager, Bayer CropScience, says, “Sowing has commenced in many parts of the country and we expect trials will be sprayed by mid-June.

“The registration process for Sakura remains on track and we expect the product to be available to growers in time for the pre-emergent herbicide application window in 2012.”

Sakura® is a registered trademark of Kumiai Chemical Industry Co, Ltd.

About Sakura
Sakura 850 WG, based on the active ingredient, pyroxasulfone, is a powerful new pre-emergent herbicide developed to control annual ryegrass and other weeds in Australian wheat (not durum wheat), triticale and barley crops.

An application for registration of Sakura Herbicide has been made. At the time of publication Sakura Herbicide is not registered.

About Bayer CropScience
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, a subsidiary of Bayer AG with annual sales of about EUR 6.83 billion (2010), is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and traits. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of 20,700 and is represented in more than 120 countries. The Australian head office is located in Melbourne.

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