Sustainable best practice is high on the agenda for the Bayer Turf and Amenity Solutions Team, and underlining its commitment to environmental best practice, the company will showcase two new solutions that promise to ensure more responsible use of chemicals.
The two new solutions Bayer will be displaying can be used in both the vegetation management and the sports turf sectors, and will be on show on stand number A085 over the two days of the event, on the 2 and 3 November.
"Following on from our involvement at the STRI research event and the Amenity Forum, we'll be showcasing the innovative easyFlow and Phytobac technologies developed by Bayer and will also discuss the importance of correct stewardship practises including resistance management and correct application rates," says Colin Mumford, Bayer technical manager.
The first solution Bayer is showcasing is the easyFlow, which is designed to improve operator safety when tank mixing or filling, and is the first closed, contamination-avoiding, self-cleaning transfer system for liquid plant protection products on the market.
"The state of the art system has been proven to improve health and safety of the operator by up to 96% by reducing spillage and exposure with its closed transfer and rinsing system. This will in turn save money, because it reduces waste, as well as being better for the environment." says Colin.
The second solution that Bayer is showcasing is the Phytobac - a closed system treatment disposal unit, similar to a bio-bed, that is used to safely dispose of chemicals and waste water from washing down spraying equipment. The system encourages best practise and will help golf courses to follow pesticide stewardship guidelines.
"The Phytobac is filled with soil and barley straw that harbour bacteria which feed on pesticides to dispose of them naturally without harming the external environment," says Colin.
Visitors to Saltex will be able to speak to the Turf and Amenity Solutions team about these initiatives as well as other stewardship topics such as integrated pest and disease management, the best practices to employ to reduce resistance, and advice on selecting and using appropriate products.
The blueprints for the Phytobac system and a calculator to determine the size of system required will soon be available, free of charge, on the Bayer Environmental Science website. You will also be able to discuss easyFlow in more detail with the Turf and Amenity Solutions Team at the event.