MS Technologies and Bayer have commercially launched LibertyLink GT27 soybeans, which are tolerant to Liberty, glyphosate and a new HPPD herbicide.
The HPPD herbicide that will be paired with the new releases, Balance Bean, is pending Environmental Protection Agency approval. But the trait itself has received required import approvals for commercialization in 2019, according to a Bayer CropScience and MS Technologies news release.
These soybeans have been referred to by some as Balance beans, since they are tolerant to Balance Bean herbicide, an HPPD and member of the Weed Science Society of America’s Group 27. It contains the active ingredient isoxaflutole. Currently, no HPPD herbicides are registered for use on soybeans.
In addition, the new beans have been genetically modified to tolerate Liberty, Group 10, and glyphosate, Group 9.
“The commercialization of LibertyLink GT27 soybeans is a great milestone for us in our continuous efforts to offer soybean growers more effective weed management solutions,” says Rick Turner, Bayer head of seeds. “This approval to commercialize keeps us on track for our scheduled 2019 product launch, which is great news for farmers in the U.S.”
MS Technologies and Bayer have collaborated for more than a decade to bring to market new herbicide-tolerant technologies, starting with the LibertyLink system in 2009. MS Technologies is responsible for the genetic transformations, whereas Bayer has the herbicide know-how.
LibertyLink GT27 represents the next generation and is the first soybean trait on the market to tolerate over-the-top use of both Liberty and glyphosate. The HPPD herbicide is expected to be labeled for use as a burndown through soybean pre-emergence. A residual, it can be reactivated through moisture, whether from rains or irrigation.
LibertyLink GT27 will be broadly licensed throughout North America. Currently, more than 100 seed companies have signed on to offer these soybean traits in their brands in 2019.