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Welcome to Cultivate

Bayer’s free magazine for broadacre farmers and advisors.

Through Cultivate, we aim to keep Australian farmers up to date with new innovations, insights and farming success stories enabling you to make better on-farm decisions that drive positive outcomes.

With our industry partners we also explore recent research and global and local trends in agriculture.

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More than meets the eye in formulation game

More than meets the eye in formulation game

Seeing a truckload of chemistry heading out the gate to ‘fix a problem’ still gives David Clark a buzz after 31 years. As Head of Product Supply for Bayer Crop Science, Mr Clark oversees a supply chain which includes two Bayer formulation plants in Australia; one in Perth, and one in Brisbane where he is based.
Wet year provides stern challenges for fungicides

Wet year provides stern challenge for fungicides

In seasons where he receives above average rainfall on his southern Riverina property, Allan Clarke knows he has to keep a close eye on the diseases in his crops.
Profitable chickpea crops require attention to detail

Profitable chickpea crops require attention to detail

Chickpeas are emerging as a profitable pulse crop throughout South Australia’s Mid North, but a local agronomist in the region has cautioned that successful production by growers requires attention to detail and a sound fungicide strategy.
Dr. Andreas Mehl of Bayer for the “Let’s Talk Innovation” event in Adelaide

Global fungicide resistance experts tour Australia

Australian farm consultants and advisors who recently attended Bayer Crop Science’s Innovation Roadshow were given the opportunity to learn from two of the world’s leading fungicide resistance experts.
Bayer Big Fish Challenge

Bayer’s Big Fish Challenge is helping tackle a big issue

From the Reel Screamers of Katanning to the Delta Hombres of Wagga and the Codfathers of Koolunga, teams of rural stores and growers across the country have enthusiastically embraced the Big Fish Challenge in support of the mental wellbeing of men in agriculture.
Aviator XPro cereal fungicide

New cereal fungicide set to improve disease control yields

A demonstration trial of a new cereal foliar fungicide has shown improved final grain yield compared with other standard treatments.
Velocity Cultivate Magazine

Strong weed control helps yields, reduces seedset in a tough season.

After a challenging start to the season in the eastern wheatbelt last year, many growers had to up the ante in weed control to help maximise yields.
New seed treatment gets thumbs up

New seed treatment gets thumbs up from graders

Seed graders across the country gave the thumbs up to trial applications last season of the new broad spectrum fungicidal seed treatment, EverGol® Energy, which is expected to be registered in 2018.
Post-emergent herbicide trials target wild radish control

Post-emergent herbicide trials target wild radish control, crop safety

The release of new options in a weed control segment always provides opportunity for industry comparison with existing leading standards and this story played out with post-emergent broadleaf weed control in Western Australia’s northern wheatbelt last season.
Team working on Ryegrass control using Sakura® herbicide

Grass control trials reinforce the strength of Sakura® despite variable conditions

Collaborative pre-emergent herbicide trials in Western Australia last season continued to reinforce the strong performance of Sakura herbicide for controlling annual ryegrass and, importantly, minimising weed seeds entering the weed seed bank.
Bayer crop Science team working to control RWA growth

Seed treatments an important tool in Russian wheat aphid control

The damage to cereal crops from the Russian wheat aphid (RWA) was first described in the early 1900’s in Russia, and over the next 100 years it’s made a global tour through countries including South Africa, Mexico and the United States, ending up most recently being detected in Australia in 2016.
Team working on Chickpea crop disease control

Good returns, disease management set to drive chickpea production

Buoyed by attractive prices and with careful crop disease management, chickpea production in South Australia’sMid North region could double, accordingto Kapunda-based rural agent Richard Noll. 
Risk management focus

Risk management focus changes approach to weed management

Rob Purvis is increasingly focusing on risk management within the mixed farming enterprise he manages in South Australia and this is changing his approach to weed management.
Seed treatment benefits obvious

New seed treatment benefits ‘obvious’ in south-east WA trial

Growers challenged by diseases such as rhizoctonia and crown rot may be in for a reprieve, along with a general boost in crop health, if early results with a new seed treatment product near Esperance in Western Australia are anything to go by.
New hybrid canola looks promising

New hybrid TT canola looking promising

The new triazine-tolerant (TT) hybrid canola variety, InVigor T 4510, is looking the goods at the Rylington Park research property near Boyupbrook in Western Australia.
New weed control option in oats

New weed control option in oats brings benefits

WA grower explores new weed management options for oat crops, with Precept proving to be a cost effective, new discovery for controlling more mature weeds and higher weed densities.
Control of problem weeds

Complete system providing control of problem weeds

NSW farmer Chad Cruikshank reveals how tight rotation practices, a Sakura pre-emergent spray program and using Precept on bigger wild radish plants have given him success in fighting resistance and keeping his paddocks clean.
Calculaed moves for optimum results

Calculated moves for optimum results

Progressive WA growers discuss their cropping decisions and why they adopt an eastern wheatbelt mentality of sowing wheat early in May and incorporating pre-emergent herbicide Sakura.
Pre-emergent trials highlight the strength of Sakura on ryegrass

Pre-emergent Trials Highlight the Strength of Sakura

With stand-alone prosulfocarb (800 g/L) pre-emergent chemistry set to enter the broadacre herbicide market for the 2017 season, four small plot trials were conducted across Western Australia this year aimed at comparing the performance of a range of different pre-emergent grass control options, including prosulfocarb.
The future of prescision farming lies in data

The Future of Precision Agriculture Lies in Data

While the future of precision agriculture is likely to involve robotics and other cutting edge technologies, the big focus will be on data ownership, according to JMAJ Precision Managing Director Adrian Roles.
Bayer crop protection products for Canola crops

Improved Disease Control from 2017 & Beyond

The launch of foliar fungicide, Aviator® Xpro®, by Bayer for the 2017 season is expected to set a new disease control standard in canola and chickpeas, and for other crops in the future.
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