Gerhard Bohne, head of Bayer Crop Science in Brazil, and Christian Gonzalez, vice president of Case IH for South America.
Bayer and Case IH, a CNH Industrial brand, have announced an unprecedented partnership to jointly supply some 50 Case IH machines for planting and harvesting the test fields of Bayer's next soybean technology, Intacta 2 Xtend®, during the 2019/20 harvest.
There will be 254 test fields on Bayer-selected farmers' properties (the Elected I2X), and operations in these areas will be done with Case IH equipment, including Easy Riser 3200 planters, Puma tractors and grain harvesters 130 Series to carry out all the steps that involve the project.
The Elected I2X project will lead to growers in the main producing regions of the country being able to follow, in their fields and first hand, the performance of Bayer's third generation biotechnology in soy. “For this technology pre-launch phase, we will be counting on Case IH's partnership, which is an initiative that is part of Bayer's strategy to engage the industry to be with us on this journey to launch our next soy biotechnology,” said Gerhard Bohne, head of Bayer Crop Science in Brazil.
“Case IH is recognized as a pioneering and innovative company, so we are always working together with those who innovate and seek the best solutions for agribusiness. That's why we have partnered with Bayer, because we know we have the best technologies, machines and solutions for all stages of cultivation,” said Christian Gonzalez, Case IH Vice President for South America.
Elected I2X Project
The Elected I2X project will begin in September 2019, and foresees the realization of 20 field days, in an innovative and technological format, focusing on superior herbicide application practices. The events will bring together more than 10,000 farmers. On field days, growers will be able to witness, in practice, how Intacta 2 Xtend® will assist in broader weed control, and how improved practices will allow growers to benefit most from technology. At these events, Case IH specialists will be in the field to monitor and recommend the best use of the machines for each operation.
Scheduled for commercial release in Brazil in 2021, Intacta 2 Xtend® soybeans will provide greater protection against major soybean caterpillars, as well as assisting in broader weed control. To this end, in addition to the herbicide glyphosate
, soybeans will also be tolerant to dicamba and effective in controlling broadleaf weeds, such as hairy fleabane, large-fruit amaranth, blue morning glory and Bidens pilosa
In addition, in order for Bayer's third generation of transgenic soybeans to adapt to Brazil's climate and soil characteristics and increase its performance, the company has used new methods in its breeding programs spread across different regions of the country, in addition to partnering with the largest breeders in Brazil.