Herbicide Bayer Plans State-Of-The-Art Facility for Glufosinate-Ammonium Herbicide

Bayer Crop Science announced its intention to pursue plans to construct a world-scale glufosinate-ammonium herbicide production plant in the United States near Mobile, Alabama. The new facility will contribute significantly to the company’s target of more than doubling global production capacity for this ingredient. The start-up of the new plant is anticipated for the fourth quarter of 2015.

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Monheim/Germany, Mobile/USA – The world-scale production plant is scheduled to go in operation right in time for the 2016 growing season. “In planning this facility, we are responding to urgent calls by farmers and agronomists for an alternative weed control technology to help combat the increasing problem of weed resistance to glyphosate-based products,” said Liam Condon, Bayer Crop Science CEO.

“The use of glufosinate-ammonium, marketed as Liberty herbicide and used with LibertyLink seed, continues to grow as farmers experience the powerful performance benefits of this unique system for nonselective control of grass and broadleaf weeds.“, he emphasized.

The growth of weed resistance has developed even faster than was predicted only a short while ago. According to a 2012 Stratus Agri-Marketing survey of U.S. farmers, research has shown that nearly 50 % of all growers surveyed confirmed the existence of glyphosate-resistant weeds on their farms, up from 34 % of farmers surveyed in 2011.

The company currently manufactures the herbicide at production plants in Frankfurt, Germany, and Muskegon, Michigan, USA, but the projected demand by farmers for the product is expected to outpace the existing production capacity.

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