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Bayer innovation helps secure world record barley harvest

Bayer innovation helps secure world record barley harvest

Timaru, April 2015

Innovative crop protection products from Bayer CropScience have helped a New Zealand farmer break the world record yield for barley.

Warren Darling, from Timaru in the country’s South Island, produced 13.8 tonnes per hectare, easily breaking the previous record of 12.2 tonnes, held by Scottish grower Gordon Rennie since 1989. The new record was officially ratified by Guinness World Records on Wednesday 15 April 2015 after the crop was harvested on January 23.

Bayer New Zealand managing director and head of Bayer CropScience in New Zealand, Dr Holger Detje, says the company is delighted with the role it played in achieving the record.

“Bayer provided the entire seed treatment, weed and disease control program, including our newly launched fungicide Aviator Xpro.

“Other key products included seed treatments Poncho and Raxil, and herbicide Firebird. “We are particularly pleased that these crop protection solutions safeguarded this magnificent barley crop, which has resulted in a world record yield,” says Detje.

While Bayer’s products played a major role, Detje highlighted the importance of collaboration in achieving the record.

“Many factors determine the success of a great crop like this – soil, climate, technologically advanced farming machinery as well as farm inputs like the seed variety, nutrients and crop protection program or solutions.

“These involve multiple companies coming together with the skill of the farmer. When it comes to skill levels, I think Warren Darling’s new barley yield record shows that New Zealand farmers are among the best in the world.

“World-leading farmers like Warren ensure that we will be successful in our ultimate quest to ensure healthy and sufficient food for all people world-wide.

“Our warmest congratulations go to Warren and his family for growing and managing this amazing barley crop,” adds Detje.

Bayer CropScience has a significant presence in New Zealand agriculture across all parts of the industry.  “We are focused on using innovative solutions to drive sustainable growth not only in New Zealand farming, but throughout the world. I’m confident that with Bayer’s portfolio of crop protective solutions, we will see even higher yields in future.”

Facts and figures about the world record barley crop

Date planted: late March 2014
Location: Timaru, South Island, New Zealand
Date harvested: 23 January 2015
Weight per hectare: 13.8 tonnes
Previous record: 12.2 tonnes
Crop protection products: Poncho, Raxil, Firebird, Aviator Xpro, Mogul.