Soygenetics and Bayer CropScience partner to develop and introduce LibertyLink soybeans

U.S. soybean growers can anticipate growing the first varieties in 2009.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (December 11, 2007) — As a result of the combined vision and partnership between SOYGENETICS and Bayer CropScience, U.S. growers can anticipate planting LibertyLink® soybean varieties in 2009.

SOYGENETICS, based in Lafayette, Ind., a result of the combined efforts of Limagrain Genetics, Land O’Lakes and FFR Cooperative, which provides overall management.

“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, vice president of marketing for SOYGENETICS.

Representatives from Bayer CropScience agree. In regard to LibertyLink soybeans, they say growers will have access to varieties that have been adapted widely, and have demonstrated yield and agronomic performance right with or better than the best available commercial checks.

“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.

Along with providing top-yielding, elite genetics, LibertyLink soybeans also will offer growers the opportunity to use the in-crop, weed-control option available with Liberty herbicide, Hurst notes.

Hurst says 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.

“This technology will help growers manage their acres the way they want to, both now and in the future,” Hurst says. “In the process, they can count on achieving strong yield results along with outstanding weed control. It’s a winning combination.”

For additional information about LibertyLink soybeans, growers can contact their local Bayer CropScience representative, or call 1-866-99-BAYER (1-866-992-2937). Soybean seed companies also can contact SOYGENETICS Seed Trade Division at (800) 769-0444; or, go online at