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Bayer's Glyphosate Plant Back Online After Idled by Ida for Weeks, Widespread Glyphosate and Glufosinate Shortages Persist

The glyphosate shortage that started the spring of 2021 is only intensifying as farmers prepare for the 2022 growing season. However, as growers try to source enough of the widely used herbicide for the upcoming growing season, there is good news for one major U.S. plant.
Bayer says its glyphosate plant in Luling, La., is back online after being shuttered since August 28. The plant was idled after Hurricane Ida barreled into the Gulf Coast. Just last week, Bayer told Farm Journal the plant was still in the process of getting adequate and stable power distributed throughout the site. Bayer says that was a crucial step in getting the plant not just back online, but to full functioning capacity, as the company says plant operations staff were moving quickly and safely.
"Luling is a key site that helps provide 100% of the active ingredient for our Roundup branded ag herbicides in the U.S. Demand for glyphosate remains high, and we will continue to focus efforts to ensure our customers have ready access to our Roundup branded ag herbicide products. We’re working directly with our customers to manage the supply they need for the upcoming season," Bayer told Farm Journal.
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