Bayer CropScience has warned that a key ingredient used in glyphosate herbicides has suffered a “mechanical breakdown” that could lead to a shortage of production in the coming months.
How Philip Case reports for Farmers’ WeeklyThe German agrochemical giant said that one of its key suppliers of raw materials had a mechanical failure at the plant, “which leads to a significant reduction in production.”
“At the moment, given the supplier’s notice, we expect the repair of this production line to take about three months,” wrote Dr. Uda Schneider, global head of Bayer’s active ingredient production, on Friday, February 11.
Bayer, a manufacturer of glyphosate-containing Roundup weed control, has not revealed the identity of a key supplier of raw materials that has been affected.
Matt Callie, chairman of the NFU’s Combined Crop Council, said cutting glyphosate supplies was a “major challenge” for UK growers. “We are very concerned about rising prices for all plant materials, especially fertilizers, and glyphosate has risen sharply,” he added.
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