Bayer CropScience has entered a team into the DIRT to $ Cropping Challenge held in Western Australia. Last week, teams competing in the challenge attended the first field walk to assess their crops and compare their position against other teams.
Craig White, Technical Advisor at Bayer CropScience and Team Captain for the Bayer CropScience team, was pleased with his team’s crop, “During the visit, we received many comments and questions from other teams about our crop, which I’ll take as a good sign that our crop is faring well.”
“At Bayer, we are committed to delivering innovative crop protection solutions. This competition helps us gain an even deeper understanding of the challenges growers face,” he said.
The DIRT to $ Cropping Challenge is a competition convened by Grower Group “Southern DIRT” between 11 teams who include farmers, agriculture businesses and colleges. The competition will run over a three year rotation growing wheat, canola and barley.
The teams are competing under similar elements as the fields are in the same area, giving agriculturalists a chance to compare their products and strategies with other teams on an even playing field.
“Our strategy from the beginning was to establish a wheat crop with very strong early crop vigor by minimizing the impact of diseases, pests and weeds using products such as EverGol® Prime, Gaucho® and Sakura®. Going forward we will be closely monitoring the crop’s nutrition as well as being vigilant for foliar diseases where we plan to use Prosaro®,” Craig explained.
During the three year competition, teams will be judged on the most profitable crop and the highest yielding crop. Teams will also be responsible for marketing their grain by taking out ghost contracts and delivering the contracted amount of grain at harvest. This gives the teams an opportunity to increase their profits, but if teams are unable to deliver the contracted amount, they would theoretically need to “purchase” grain to make up the difference.
“The most valuable insight has been the importance of grain marketing as well as the wide range of decisions growers need to make in relation to crop protection, weed, insect and disease control, and nutrition,” Craig continued.
“Frost is a risk we’re facing, and this challenge has shown us the impact frost has on grain marketing and on growers’ marketing decisions,” he said.
The next field walk will be during the Southern Dirt Spring Field Day on 17 October 2013 and this year’s winner will be announced at harvest.
EverGol ®, Gaucho®and Prosaro® are Registered Trademarks of the Bayer Group.
Sakura® is a Registered Trademark of Kumiai Chemical Industries Co. Limited.
About Bayer CropScience
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. This year the company is celebrating 150 years of Bayer – consistent with its mission “Bayer: Science For A Better Life”. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 8,383 million (2012) and is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 20,800 and is represented in more than 120 countries.
Bayer and its employees contribute thousands of dollars annually to a variety of organisations including Mission Australia and Aussie Helpers. Mission Australia is a community service organization that assists thousands of disadvantaged Australians every year to help them get back on their feet. Aussie Helpers is a charity that helps fight poverty in rural communities across Australia.
The Bayer CropScience Australian head office is located in Melbourne.
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