Bayer CropScience Adds New Canola Hybrids and Traits

Bayer CropScience Adds New Canola Hybrids and Traits

New InVigor hybrids unlock new opportunities to northern U.S. canola growers.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Aug. 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB -
With the addition of three new hybrids, Bayer CropScience is giving farmers
three more reasons to plant InVigor® seed than just its genetics and yield.
These new hybrids provide canola farmers across the northern tier of the
United States more options to overcome growing and harvesting challenges,
fight disease pressure, and improve profitability.

In addition to the current line of InVigor hybrids, these new hybrids listed
below will be available for the 2014 growing season:

L140P – Industry's first hybrid bred to reduce pod shatter. By mitigating
losses associated with pod shatter, L140P provides farmers more flexibility by
maximizing yield in delayed swathing and straight cutting situations. The
hybrid's built-in defense to pod shatter also reduces the impact of
late-season moisture and wind events that can split pods and shell seeds
prematurely, as well as make pods fall off the plant, shedding yield.

L160S – First InVigor hybrid with built-in tolerance to Sclerotinia Stem Rot.
As a first line of defense against Sclerotinia, L160S is ideal for fields with
known disease pressure. Sclerotinia is one of the most serious and common
diseases of canola in North Dakota. The disease has caused yield losses as
high as 50 percent in some fields and occurs almost every year in the state.1

By planting L160S, farmers may be able to delay or avoid a fungicide
application. In seasons and fields with severe disease pressure, planting
L160S can serve as a strong start to a disease management program that
includes Proline® fungicide.

L252 – First InVigor hybrid with high oil content. This mid- to full-maturing
hybrid offers everything farmers have come to expect from InVigor genetics –
early-season vigor and outstanding yield – with premium-level oil content.

As with the existing InVigor portfolio, these three new hybrids feature
superior-rated blackleg tolerance, as well as the LibertyLink® trait, which
gives farmers an alternative to glyphosate-tolerant systems.

"We are committed to the long-term success of canola farmers," says Brian
Hrudka, canola seed manager for Bayer CropScience. "With the addition of the
three new hybrids to our portfolio, there's an InVigor hybrid to fit every
farm's needs. Now farmers can take advantage of new opportunities like
straight cutting."

For more information, visit bayercropscience.us.

1 "Sclerotinia of Canola," by NDSU Extension Service, June 2009.

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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 8,383 million (2012)
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 20,800 and is
represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at:
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Bayer CropScience Media Hotline, 1-877-879-6162, or

Beth Roden

Director of Communications

Bayer CropScience

Tel: (919) 549-2030

Email: beth(dot)roden(at)bayer(dot)com

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