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Bayer: Build a Foundation for Plentiful Potatoes

Tempting tubers get their good looks and heavy weights from healthy roots.

Originally Published by Bayer U.S.

No matter how healthy the plants look in a potato field, the power is in the ground and the proof is in the digging. That's why potato growers list root protection as a top priority.


"The top of the plant doesn't make you any money. It's all beneath the soil," said Drew Nielsen, Bayer customer business advisor. "Roots are important. You have to have a strong base before you can even create a crop."

Creating a strong base starts with reducing pressure from nematodes. U.S. Department of Agriculture research shows nematodes can cause as much as a 90-percent reduction in potato yield.

In Washington State, Michael Hubbard of Hubbard Ag Science, sees the damage and yield impact of nematodes, primarily Meloidogyne chitwoodi, or root-knot nematode, and the lesion nematode. Lesion nematode has been at the forefront of recent research because it plays a role in early dying complex.

"Basically, it's a component of yield. You can see some reduction in root mass with root-lesion nematodes, but mostly we see a yield component when we have high levels of root-lesion nematode," Hubbard said.

With the 2019 crop, growers have more options than ever before for protecting those roots. Managing nematodes—the most economically damaging below-ground pest, both at-plant and in-season—is essential to maximizing water and nutrient uptake and minimizing risk of disease. Growers who manage nematodes also suppress pressure from opportunistic diseases that otherwise would move in through nematode-wounded roots.

Jeremy Shuler, sales manager for Wilbur-Ellis at two Washington State locations, started recommending Velum® Prime to his customers in 2018. Velum Prime, a nematicide/fungicide, provides wide-spectrum nematode suppression and helps manage key diseases, including early blight, white mold and Verticillium wilt, another component of early dying complex.

"We did a lot of trials with Velum Prime in 2017. And at the end of the season, we saw a yield bump on the half that was treated with Velum Prime," Shuler said.

In Idaho, many growers are applying Velum Prime and then coming back with Movento® HL. V+M Solution is a nematode management program that combines the wide-spectrum nematicidal activity of Velum Prime with the sustained in-season nematode protection of Movento to guard against nematodes.

The V+M Solution has worked well for Kamren Koompin, a grower in American Falls, Idaho.

"The Velum Prime fits in really nicely, especially going after root lesion nematode and the connection it has to Verticillium wilt, which can show up as early dying complex later in the year on certain varieties," Koompin said.

Movento, a foliar insecticide and nematicide, employs two-way systemic action to suppress nematodes and control sucking pests, including psyllids and aphids. Movento moves from leaf to root to protect the entire plant, providing a high level of residual efficacy that extends into new plant growth.

"Movento fits in really nicely with our integrated pest management program and helps control psyllids and aphids. Zebra chip [disease] showed up several years ago in Idaho and so psyllids have been on kind of the front of everybody's watch list," Koompin said. "And, having that added nematode effect—benefit—along with the Velum Prime on those fields really helps with late-season plant health."

For additional information on promoting root health to get maximum yield and optimum quality from your potato crop, talk to your Bayer representative and visit the Movento and Velum Primeweb pages.

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Bayer's Damion Jones Addresses Intersectionality and How to Find Common Ground with Peers

"If we can connect well, we can collaborate well, and if we can collaborate well we can innovate well as an organization," says Jones, Global Director of Inclusion and Diversity for Bayer U.S.

Bayer to Give $120,000 to Benefit Domestic Violence Survivors and Their Pets

Grant program raises awareness of the role pets play for survivors - helping to increase the number of domestic violence shelters offering on-site pet facilities.

Originally Published by Bayer U.S.

On this #GivingTuesday, Bayer announces the launch of Grants Fur Families, a new program providing life-saving support to domestic violence shelters across the country who understand the critical role of the human animal bond. Bayer is committed to more widely illustrating the power of the bond people share with their pets, includes providing options for families with pets to live safely, out of fear. This new program will give $10,000 grants to 12 domestic violence shelters throughout the country, providing more destinations for those fleeing physical, mental and emotional abuse with their pets.

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Bayer US: Pivot Bio, Bayer Announce Research Collaboration To Enhance Soybean Inoculant

Improved Bradyrhizobium microbes could help U.S. farmers boost harvests.

Originally Published by Bayer U.S.

Pivot Bio and Monsanto Company, a member of the Bayer Group, announced a collaboration entered into earlier this year to develop Bradyrhizobium strains with enhanced nitrogen production for U.S. soybean growers. Widely found in U.S. soils, Bradyrhizobium strains help soybean plants thrive by fixing atmospheric nitrogen. Increased access and utilization of nitrogen supports better yields. Financial details of the collaboration were not disclosed.

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Bayer: EPA Issues Continued Registration for XtendiMax Herbicide with VaporGrip Technology

With approval of the EPA federal label, 34 soybean and cotton producing states will now work through their approval processes.

Originally Published by Bayer U.S.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a continued registration, including label changes, for XtendiMax® Herbicide with VaporGrip® Technology, following an extensive review. Building on the success of the 2017 and 2018 seasons, this continued registration ensures that growers will have access to this vital weed-control tool for the 2019 season and beyond.

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Bayer U.S. Appoints Scott Partridge General Counsel

"Scott Partridge has been a champion for innovation at Monsanto, and he played an invaluable role in helping us to bring our two great companies together."

Originally Published by Bayer U.S.

Scott Partridge, former vice president of global strategy for Monsanto, now part of Bayer, has been named the company's U.S. General Counsel.

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Testimonials About Unconscious Bias Training

Executives from Bayer U.S. shared insight into their personal journeys.

At DiversityInc's Fall 2018 Event, Bayer U.S. executives Jennifer Ralston, Regional Business Director; Jerry DeVore, Licensing Account Management Lead; and Rob Dunlop, Regional Business Director, shared insight into the unconscious bias training they went through and the impact it had on their roles.

The panel was moderated by Damion Jones, Global Director, Inclusion & Diversity, Bayer U.S.