Bayer Teams Up On LL Beans

Bayer CropScience is partnering with two companies to develop LibertyLink soybean varieties.

Through partnerships with Soygenetics and Stine Seed Co., Bayer CropScience expects to introduce the first LibertyLink varieties to U.S. growers in 2009.

Soygenetics, based in Lafayette, IN, is a result of the combined efforts of Limagrain Genetics, Land O’Lakes, and FFR Cooperative. "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, Soygenetics vice president of marketing.

"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," says Andy Hurst, Bayer CropScience product manager for LibertyLink soybeans.

Due to the enterprising efforts and committed teamwork between Stine Seed Co. and Bayer CropScience, U.S. growers can anticipate planting Stine LibertyLink soybeans in 2009, according to a Bayer news release. LibertyLink soybeans are being developed in high-yielding, strong-performing, elite germplasm that will be available from Stine Seed Co. This means growers can count on having access to varieties that have been adapted widely, and have demonstrated yield and agronomic performance as good as or better than the best available commercial checks.

"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 Co., based in Adel, IA "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."

Along with providing top-yielding, elite genetics, Hurst notes that LibertyLink soybeans also will offer growers the opportunity to use the in-crop, weed control option available with Liberty herbicide. 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 highly effective management tool for glyphosate-resistant or -tolerant weeds, according to the news release.

For more information on LibertyLink soybeans, growers can contact their local Bayer CropScience representative, or call 866-99-BAYER (866-992-2937). Soybean seed companies also can contact Soygenetics Seed Trade Division at 800-769-0444; or, go online at www.soygenetics.com.
 

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