Constant attacks are launched against farmers by various vicious pests and plagues. Fortunately, Bayer offers a complete arsenal of weapons for farmers to defend their crops against these threats.

Bayer is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control.

Bayer crop protection products

With the acquisition of Monsanto, Bayer Zambia Ltd is now widely known for its maize hybrids of Dekalb and a variety of crop protection products. Fungicide crop protection such as Nativo, Antracol and Folicur for vegetable crops and fruits, targets early- and late blight and powdery mildew.

Herbicide crop protection such as Roundup, Auxo and Bullet for maize crops targets burns in all plants, broad leaves and grasses.

Insecticide crop protection such as Belt, K-Obiol, Confidor, Bulldock, Thunder and Decis Forte targets bollworm, fall armyworm, large grain borer, weevils, whiteflies, aphids, scales, and termites, cutworms and caterpillars, thrips, leaf miners and heliothids for maize, tomatoes, vegetables, potatoes, citrus, soya beans, pulses, vegetables and other crops.

Make sure there are no surprises when you inspect your maize.

Product focus: K-Obiol grain protectant

Insects can compromise the quality of grain which is why it is crucial that
protective measures should be taken. K-Obiol is a synergised grain protectant for use on uninfested grain, including cereal grains, malting barley, sorghum, rice, and maize.

It can be used on any type of storage, sealed, or unsealed. It is suitable for use by grain growers and grain accumulators. K-Obiol is a liquid and must be evenly applied as a dilution to the grain as it is fed into the storage. It is not suitable for oil seeds or pulses, and not recommended for eradicating pests when they have infested grain.

The active constituent is deltamethrin. Piperonyl butoxide is added as a synergist; meaning it increases the effectiveness of the deltamethrin. Deltamethrin has a different mode of action to the common grain protectants which have been in use until now. This means there is less risk of insect resistance and therefore a better chance that your grain will not become infested during storage.

Protectants, such as K-Obiol, are mostly used when a fumigant cannot be used. Fumigants require sealed storage to retain the fumigant in contact with the grain over a minimum period for effectiveness. When the storage is not sealed, a protectant is the only option.

Practice “Good Practices”

Several steps should be taken to ensure that your grain can be sold in the best possible condition. Grain silos, headers, augers, and all grain handling equipment should be cleaned out so that there are no pockets of grain where insects can be harboured. There may be some insect species that can develop resistance to K-Obiol, and so the recommendation for the best results is that it should be used with an organophosphate mixing partner. Finally, it is a good idea to rotate grain protectants so that products with different modes of action are used in successive years.

You don’t compromise on quality with Bayer; K-Obiol will secure your grain.

K-Obiol mainly targets large grain borer and weevils in harvested maize. The active ingredient in K-Obiol is 2% deltamethrin which targets pests through contact and stomach action. The application rate is 50 g/100 kg of maize grain. Post-harvest treatment is applied to control large grain borer maize weevils and maize grain moths. The treatment of K-Obiol lasts up to
6 to 12 months.

Plant your DEKALB® success

DEKALB® innovation combines the newest germplasm with the latest biotechnology traits for maximum hybrid performance and yield potential. With the support of our sales team, producers can select the best products for the best return on their seed investment.

Bayer K-Oboil grain protectant.

DEKALB’s new maize hybrid

DKC 80-23

DEKALB’s innovative seed hybrids incorporate the latest technology combined with the latest agronomic services and techniques to maximise maize success in all regions. Plant DEKALB’s new hybrid seed DKC 80-23 for a successful yield, and don’t forget to protect your harvested grain with our quality grain protectant.

Newly released Dekalb DKC 80-23 maize variant reaches early maturity, within 110 to 120 days and delivers 9 tonnes per hectare.

Key selling attributes of Dekalb DKC 80-23:

  • Semi flint grain
  • Good yielder in early segment
  • Prolific hybrid
  • Good overall disease tolerance (very good to excellent for GLS, NLB, MSV, diplodia and gibberella ear rot)
  • Good green maize option

Bayer specialises in providing efficient solutions for the protection of grains and sub-products during storage and transportation.

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