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What's up at Bayer CropScience

Agriculture.com Staff 03/26/2009 @ 7:30am

Bayer CropScience officials updated U.S. journalists and weed scientists on their latest product offerings at a tour this week at its Monheim, Germany site. Topics include:

Bayer CropScienece is set for its inaugural launch of LibertyLink soybeans in 2009.

The LibertyLink trait is being licensed to the seed industry, with over 85 seed companies set to offer them in 2009. Offerings will be in maturity groups 0.5 to 4.9. The latest projections are for around 750,000 units of seed to be available for 2009.

"What we will have is a situation where these varieties will be offered from the Dakotas all the way down to the mid-South and into parts of Louisiana and into Virginia and the Carolinas," says Andy Hurst, LibertyLink product manager. Hurst adds LibertyLink soybeans will have no yield drag.

Bayer is also launching Ignite herbicide (active ingredient glufosinate) to use with LibertyLink soybeans. Hurst says Ignite will cost between $11.50 and $12 per acre.

There will be no breakout technology fee for LibertyLink beans.

There has been a trend for value to shift from herbicides to seed traits over the past few years. "Nevertheless, there is a substantial market remaining for selective chemistry in corn," says Frank Rothweiler, Bayer CropScience team leader for herbicides that include corn and soybeans. Bayer corn chemistry launched in 2009 includes:

"Balance Flexx offers the broad spectrum weed control of isoxaflutole (its active ingredient) with a new excellent level of crop safety and flexibility," says Brent Philbrook, U.S. herbicide product development manager for Bayer. "It's the perfect foundation for a two-pass program."

Balance Flexx, an HPPD inhibitor, can be applied preplant, preemergence, or post application up to the V2 corn stage. It can be followed with a later postemergence application.

This new formulation contains Bayer's new proprietary safener, Cyprosulfamide, to help reduce crop injury, say company officials.

This new product is a package-mix of two modes of action--Balance Flexx, an HPPD-inhibitor, and thiencarbazone, a new ALS-inhibiting herbicide. It also includes the Cyprosulfamide safener.

"Corvus is a one-pass program, from preemergence all the way to canopy," says Jeff Springsteen, Bayer marketing manager for corn herbicides. It can be applied from burndown up to the V2 corn stage.

Bayer CropScience officials updated U.S. journalists and weed scientists on their latest product offerings at a tour this week at its Monheim, Germany site. Topics include:

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