Bayer Expands Portfolio

Bayer CropScience has received EPA approval for its Ignite herbicide in LibertyLink crops, giving U.S. growers a nonselective alternative to glyphosate. The company also plans to introduce a unique safening chemistry with two new corn herbicides.

New Ignite 280 SL herbicide controls more than 120 broadleaf weeds and grasses, including tough-to-control, ALS-, and glyphosate-resistant weeds. Ignite is registered for use on all LibertyLink crops: LibertyLink corn, including all Herculex and Agrisure CB/LL hybrids, and new LibertyLink soybeans, which are on target to be available for the 2009 season, along with FiberMax cotton and InVigor canola.

“Ignite is a new, more powerful, cost-effective formulation for use on all LibertyLink crops,” says Andy Hurst, Bayer CropScience product manager for Ignite herbicide and herbicide-tolerant traits. It provides growers an excellent means for which to rotate nonselective herbicides to effectively manage weed resistance and preserve the utility of herbicide-tolerant technologies.”

Bayer CropScience also expects to provide growers with a new herbicide safener to address early season weed control issues in the future.The company’s Crop Safety Innovation (CSI) Safener will provide growers with a high level of crop protection as part of the formulation in new products, such as upcoming Balance FLEXX and Corvus herbicides, which have not been registered by EPA yet.

The CSI safener is a novel chemistry that enhances the natural ability of corn plants to tolerate herbicide activity. It also increases the flexibility of application timing (allowing for application at either preemergence or early postemergence), increases soil compatibility, and maximizes root growth and plant health.

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