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Bayer CropScience to partner with Stine, Soygenetics on LibertyLink soybeans

Agriculture.com Staff 12/13/2007 @ 8:38am

Bayer CropScience has announced it will partner with Soygenetics and the Stine Seed Company to bring LibertyLink soybean varieties to market by 2009.

Adel, Iowa-based Stine is a major player in the soybean seed business. Its soybean research program is highly regarded in the industry. Soygenetics, Lafayette, Indiana, is the result of combined efforts of Limagrain Genetics, Land O'Lakes, and FFR Cooperative, which provides overall management.

Officials for Bayer and the two seed companies say the agreements will give farmers excellent access to widely adapted varieties.

"We are truly privileged to be in partnership with Stine, which provides the industry with genetics that are known, respected and used throughout the United States," says Andy Hurst, Bayer CropScience product manager for LibertyLink soybeans. "In working with Soygenetics, we will be providing outstanding varieties that will help growers succeed locally, within their farms and communities, and also help the U.S. soybean industry compete globally,"

"We are pleased to be taking a leadership position in the introduction of this outstanding seed-trait package," says Harry H. Stine, founder of Stine Seed Company. "Our joint efforts with Bayer CropScience ultimately will provide soybean growers with a larger selection of varieties available to help them maximize both yield and quality results."

"Our expansive research is focused on providing high-yielding varieties that are also targeted to addressing the wide range of agronomic needs that soybean growers have today," says Frank Spelbring, vice president of marketing for Soygenetics.

U.S. growers should be able to buy Liberty Link soybeans by 2009. Hurst says the Liberty/LibertyLink system will enable growers to enjoy similar benefits of Roundup Ready, such as less tillage, labor, and equipment, as well as the ease, convenience, and efficacy of over-the-top, non-selective, weed control. Liberty herbicide also has the added benefit of being a management tool for glyphosate-resistant or tolerant weeds.

Bayer CropScience has announced it will partner with Soygenetics and the Stine Seed Company to bring LibertyLink soybean varieties to market by 2009.

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