Bayer CropScience and MS Technologies' Balance GT Soybean to Usher in Next Era of Performance and Weed Control

Bayer CropScience and MS Technologies' Balance GT Soybean to Usher in Next Era
of Performance and Weed Control

Bayer CropScience and MS Technologies LLC Develop a New Mode of Action in
Soybeans

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Feb. 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB -
Bayer CropScience and MS Technologies LLC today announced plans to market a
new soybean trait called BalanceTM GT* (Event FG72) – a dual herbicide
tolerant trait stack featuring tolerance to both glyphosate and isoxaflutole.
Bayer CropScience and MS Technologies intend to broadly license Balance GT
soybeans. Balance GT soybeans will be available in high-yielding genetics in
many maturity groups in the US in 2015, pending regulatory approvals.

"As growers look to expand their soybean weed control options, we at Bayer
CropScience are proud to be collaborating on the development of this new dual
herbicide tolerant trait," said Allen Gent, Bayer CropScience US Soybean
Product Manager and Strategy Lead. "When used in combination with Balance®
Bean* herbicide, Balance GT will offer growers an effective weed control
system. Balance GT will be offered in elite soybean genetics, thus enabling
growers the opportunity to achieve excellent weed control with strong yields."

When growing Balance GT soybeans, growers will have the flexibility to use
both glyphosate and isoxaflutole during burndown, pre- or post-emergence to
achieve broad spectrum weed control of both grasses and broadleaf weeds.
Rotating crops, herbicide modes of action and herbicide tolerant traits are
good stewardship practices, and three of the best ways growers can achieve
effective weed resistance management.

"MS Technologies is also excited to be collaborating on the development of
this new option in weed control built upon high-yielding elite soybean
genetics," says Lauren August, MS Technologies Brand Manager. "We know that
even the best traits are of little use without yield, which is why we have
evaluated hundreds of thousands of lines to be able to soon offer growers the
highest-yielding elite genetics with this new dual herbicide-tolerant trait
for simple, proven weed control."

Bayer CropScience and MS Technologies are working together to successfully
introduce new soybean products that enable sustainable, high value returns for
growers in a challenging global market and climate.

  *Balance Bean and Balance GT are not registered for sale or use in the
    United States. Balance Pro and Balance Flexx are not registered for use on
    commercial soybeans.

About Bayer CropScience

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health
care, agriculture and high-tech materials. This year the company is
celebrating 150 years of Bayer – consistent with its mission "Bayer: Science
For A Better Life". Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible
for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 7.255 billion (2011)
and is one of the world's leading innovative crop science companies in the
areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company
offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative
crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as
well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In
the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad
portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to
forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 21,000 and is
represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at:
http://www.press.bayercropscience.com.

About MS Technologies

MS Technologies LLC is a leading trait, technology and soybean genetics
provider. MS Technologies features a portfolio of in-house traits, as well as
wide access to other traits and technologies through collaborative agreements
with other parties. Follow MS Technologies on Twitter (@mstechseed), visit
their Facebook page or view their website at: http://www.mstechseed.com.

For additional information and background on other sustainability initiatives
please visit http://www.bayercropscience.us/our-commitment/bayer-initiatives .
To learn more about Bayer CropScience, visit http://www.bayercropscience.us or
contact your local sales representative for product information.

Contact:
Bayer CropScience Media Hotline, 1-877-879-6162

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CONTACT: Bayer CropScience LP
         Courtney Beck
         courtney.beck@bayer.com
         (919) 549-2687
 
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