Integrated vegetation management showcased at SALTEX

As the final herbicide treatments of the 2017 season are applied, it is time to start considering next year’s integrated vegetation management programmes, and SALTEX was an excellent opportunity to speak to the experts at Bayer for advice and guidance on this.

The BASIS-qualified Bayer Turf and Amenity Solutions Team were be available on stand D037 at the event on 1 and 2 November, to give an insight into the future of plant protection products and show how Bayer products fit into programmes that consider weed control in a wider sense than just chemical intervention.  

Lewis Blois, Bayer national account manager explained that he discussed how using an integrated approach to vegetation management is essential to securing the future of plant protection products, and how the industry is shifting to favour this management method. 

“More and more companies and authorities are asking contractors to consider using alternative methods of control in conjunction with herbicide applications. So, visiting the Bayer stand gave individuals the chance to ask questions about these, as well as find out how chemical controls, such as leading herbicides - Finale® 150, can fit into any integrated management programme.

Disease control

“This year also marked the first appearance of our latest turf fungicide, Exteris® Stressgard, at SALTEX. It’s received great feedback from the greenkeeping market, and the event was an excellent opportunity for those involved in professional sports turf management to find out about the innovative new product, and how it can fit into their disease management strategies,” says Lewis.

In addition to this, Dr Colin Mumford, Bayer technical manager, presented a session at the event on the topic of integrated disease management, including product development, application, waste management and stewardship. 

Also on the stand, was information on the easyFlow – the first contamination-avoiding, self-cleaning transfer system for liquid plant protection products. 

“The easyFlow can be secured onto a product bottle to assist with tank mixing and filling, and is proven to improve operator safety by 96%, as well as being an important tool for environmental stewardship,” said Lewis. 

For more information please visit www.environmentalscience.bayer.co.uk or speak to a member of the Turf Solutions Team on 00800 1214 9451.