New Laudis postemergence corn herbicide eliminates broadleaf weeds and grasses with residual to canopy

Corn growers get superior weed control with unmatched crop safety

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (May 28, 2008) — This spring, for the first time, corn growers can achieve outstanding postemergence broadleaf weed and grass control that lasts up to canopy, with new Bayer CropScience Laudis™ herbicide.

With its new, proprietary safener technology, Laudis is designed to optimize herbicide performance while minimizing crop response, according to Jeff Springsteen, Bayer CropScience corn herbicides marketing manager.

“That benefit gives growers the unprecedented freedom and flexibility to manage weeds in all corn crops, including field corn, sweet corn, popcorn and even inbreds used in seed production,” he says.

Laudis consistently eliminates and then protects corn from nutrient-robbing broadleaf weeds, including pigweeds and waterhemp, and even those weeds commonly found to be resistant to glyphosate, ALS- and dicamba-based herbicides. Plus, Laudis delivers cutting-edge control of grasses, including foxtails and woolly cupgrass.

Because Laudis has no known hybrid restrictions or interactions with insecticides, fungicides or seed treatments, it provides growers with more application freedom, without reducing the efficacy of other products.

In fact, corn growers using a glyphosate- or Roundup®-based system can boost the consistency of their weed-control results, add residual control to canopy and introduce another mode of action by adding Laudis to every tankmix, Springsteen notes. “Adding Laudis to your Roundup program is a no brainer,” he says. Additionally, Laudis is an outstanding tankmix partner with Liberty® herbicide for application on LibertyLink® hybrids.

“Laudis is flexible enough to fit the needs of both traditional and non-selective programs, and can be applied in corn at any time between crop emergence and up to the V8 growth stage,” Springsteen says.

To maximize weed kill and yield potential, corn growers should apply Laudis at 3 fl/oz/A.

For more information about Laudis, corn growers can go to In addition, growers are encouraged to contact their local Bayer CropScience representative, or call 1-866-99-BAYER (1-866-992-2937).

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience AG, a subsidiary of Bayer AG with annual sales of about EUR 5.8 billion (2007), is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and plant biotechnology. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of about 17,800 and is represented in more than 120 countries.

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