Korea Approves LibertyLink Bean Import
Bayer CropScience has received LibertyLink soybean import approval from Korean regulatory authorities. This milestone will enhance the launch of LibertyLink soybeans in the 2009 crop season.
“We are very pleased that LibertyLink soybeans are now cleared for import into Korea,” says Andy Hurst, product manager, Herbicide Tolerant Traits and Ignite herbicide at Bayer CropScience. “Top-performing LibertyLink varieties combined with Ignite herbicide give soybean growers the only nonselective alternative to glyphosate-tolerant systems. LibertyLink soybeans provide similar over-the-top convenience and management benefits, including a means to avoid or manage weed resistance.”
LibertyLink soybeans are fully approved for food, feed, and cultivation in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to commercialization in December 2008, import approvals were obtained in key export markets with biotech product approval processes, including Australia, China, the European Union, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, and Taiwan.
Ignite herbicide is now labeled for use on all LibertyLink crops, including corn, cotton, canola, and new LibertyLink soybeans. Ignite provides postemergence control, in days vs. weeks, of more than 120 broadleaf weeds and grasses, including ALS- and glyphosate-resistant weeds.