Bayer CropScience and MS Technologies Receive Approval for Balance GT Soybean Technology in the United States

Bayer CropScience and MS Technologies Receive Approval for Balance GT Soybean
Technology in the United States

Cultivation approval from USDA - mid-decade launch planned with a new mode of
action: tolerance to isoxaflutole and glyphosate herbicides

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Aug. 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB -
Bayer CropScience and MS Technologies LLC have achieved a milestone on their
path to delivering new solutions for soybean farmers. The dual herbicide
tolerance trait Balance™ GT (Event FG72) has received cultivation approval
from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This step follows approval
from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and approvals already received for
cultivation, food and feed uses in Canada, and import in Australia/New
Zealand.

This technology confers tolerance to both isoxaflutole (an HPPD inhibitor) and
glyphosate herbicides and is intended to be an important tool for weed control
and resistance management. The first launch is planned for the US in
mid-decade, pending regulatory approvals. Balance GT is owned by MS
Technologies and will be commercialized by them.

"The well-known herbicide Balance has been used in corn production
successfully for several years. The new Balance GT Soybean Performance System
is intended to address the weed management challenges faced by soybean
farmers," said Frank Terhorst, head of the Seeds business unit of Bayer
CropScience. "Farmers will benefit from effective cross-spectrum weed control
and an excellent weed resistance management tool. We are pleased with the
progress we are making on the regulatory front for Balance GT."

"Resistance to herbicides is a global challenge demanding new solutions. The
dual modes of action in Balance GT soybeans are intended to help soybean
farmers improve their efficiency and flexibility in weed management," said
Joseph Merschman, president of MS Technologies. "We are well on track to
deliver this technology in high-yielding, best-in-class soybean varieties
developed by MS Technologies."

Bayer and MS Technologies have been collaborating since 2007 with new
herbicide tolerance technologies for soybeans.

Currently, more than 90 percent of soybeans grown in the US are genetically
modified and tolerant to either glyphosate or glufosinate (LibertyTM)
herbicides. Balance GT is expected to be one of the first dual-herbicide
tolerant products for soybeans on the market in the U.S. and an important
alternative to current solutions.

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 looks back on
150 years of working to fulfill 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:
press.bayercropscience.com. Follow Bayer CropScience on Twitter
(@Bayer4Crops).

About MS Technologies LLC

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 more information, contact:
Bayer CropScience Media Hotline, 1-877-879-6162, or

Becca Hogan
Bayer CropScience
Tel. +1 (919) 549-2998
becca(dot)hogan(at)bayer(dot)com
Twitter: @bayer4cropus

Lauren August
MS Technologies
Tel. + 1 (877) 822-6181
mlauren(at)mstechseed(dot)com

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