With stakes in the fight against tough-to-control and resistant weeds at an all-time high, Bayer is adding a new tool to farmersâ€™ toolboxes in coming years. The company says it will introduce a new herbicide mode of action. A new herbicide mode of action hasn’t been introduced for more than 30 years.
â€œBayer announced a molecule in Phase 2 of early development which has demonstrated effective control of key resistant grasses in research,â€ Bayer said in a news release.
The last new herbicide mode of action was introduced more than 30 years agoâ€”HPPD inhibitors â€¦. [I]f approved through the regulatory process, this new mode of action would represent a novel attack on weeds.
Each new herbicide takes about one decade and $250 million to come to market â€¦. As with all herbicides, stewardship of this new mode of action is critical. Overuse or improper use of any herbicide can lead to selection resistance in weeds â€¦.