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    Vine

    Few fruits have garnered as much attention in the health research literature as grapes. The combination of unique texture and sweet, tart flavor has made grapes an ever popular fruit. Grapes can be eaten as fresh or processed to create wine, vinegar, raisins, conserves and juice. The world’s largest grape producers include France, Spain, Italy, Argentina, Chile, the USA, Iran, India, Turkey and China.

    During the first four years of the vine’s life or where root growth is limited, weeds around the grapevine trunk compete directly with vine growth, and provide a good habitat for field mice or voles, which can girdle and kill young vines. Integrated weed management practices vary considerably from year to year and from vineyard to vineyard. However, key to maintaining healthy and high-yielding vineyards are two tasks: relief of weed pressure and effective vine sucker control without harming the mother tree.

    Glufosinate-ammonium is one of the very few products on the market labelled for the control of suckers and a broad spectrum of weeds, in one treatment without harming the mother tree. Since it is not possible to mechanically control weeds in steep vineyards, and the alternatives to Glufosinate-ammonium for young vines are very limited, vine farmers have indicated in surveys that they could be forced to give up farming. The distinguishing action of the herbicide helps the viticulturist to control weeds with fewer herbicide applications, benefiting farm costs and the environment. Effective weed and sucker control also contribute significantly to higher yields. 

    Did you know?

    • According to the 2012 Global Wine Industry Almanac the wine market is forecast to be $ 303.6 billion by 2016, an increase of 17.9 % since 2011.1
    • Glufosinate-ammonium is registered for control of most weed species that threaten the vines. Among them are fat hen, barnyard grass, williow herb, wireweed, and milk thristle.2

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    Fighting weed resistance

    Overreliance on a single herbicide can cause the development of resistant weeds jeopardizing yields.

    Benefits for the crop

    Glufosinate-ammonium has enabled the healthy production of more than 100 crops.

    Benefits in the field

    Glufosinate-ammonium’s unique chemistry enables a substantial increase in yields and offers significant agricultural advantages.

    Sustainability

    Glufosinate-ammonium preserves the balance between the needs of the environment, economy and society.

    Basics

    Glufosinate-ammonium is one of the most widely-applied broad-spectrum herbicides, controlling weeds in a huge variety of crops worldwide.

    Safety

    The use of a plant protection product is only authorized if the resulting exposure of the consumer to residues is shown to be less than a toxicological limit which always includes a safety factor of at least 100.

    Benefits

    For more than 30 years, Glufosinate-ammonium has become one of the key herbicides in global agriculture. For farmers, the product offers a unique, simple and effective weed control in a variety of crops, while preserving a balance between the needs of the environment, economy and society.

    MarketLine, "Wine: Global Industry Almanac", March 2012.
    Bayer CropScience. Users’ guide for vineyards

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