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Bayer CropScience Launches Credenz Soybean Brand

Bill Spiegel 06/19/2014 @ 2:29pm I grew up in north-central Kansas, and am the Fourth Generation to maintain and manage our farm on which we grow wheat, soybeans and grain sorghum. I'm a 1993 graduate of Kansas State University in ag communications. I joined the Successful Farming/Agriculture.com team in 2014.

Bayer CropScience has entered the commercial soybean business with its new Credenz brand of commercial varieties, available this month for the 2015 crop year in select U.S. markets. 

Growers in the south (Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina) and Midwest (southern Iowa, Illinois, Missouri) get the first crack at Credenz soybeans for the 2015 growing season.

The genetic base acquired from the former Hornbeck Seed Company in 2011 serves as the foundation for Credenz varieties, although the company acquired a South American soybean breeding company last year and has cultivated agreements with several domestic soybean breeders. The list of global collaborations to create these new varieties is lengthy, says Christopher Tinnius, global soybean breeder for Bayer Crop Science.

The upshot is that Credenz offers farmers new choices to combat weed and disease challenges, says Diego Angleo, director of U.S. soybean operations for the company.

“In the soybean business the last several years, there has not been a lot of innovation. Farmers have new challenges, and they need new solutions,” Angelo said during an Internet-based news emanating from Bayer CropScience's 60,000-square-foot “Greenhouse 5” in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, on Thursday.

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