Bayer CropScience Adds Three New HBK Seed Varieties for 2014

Bayer CropScience Adds Three New HBK Seed Varieties for 2014

Growers Have More Flexibility to Select the HBK Variety That's Best for their
Operation.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Sept. 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB -
HBK® Seed continues to expand its soybean lineup with the addition of three
new varieties – HBK LL4653, HBK LL4953 and HBK RY7523 – for 2014.

The growing HBK product line is a result of an aggressive screening and
research program. Developed with the high-quality soybean germplasm, HBK Seed
varieties are thoroughly tested at regional trial locations and selected
specifically for their yield, disease and weed control performance in southern
growing conditions.

"The local commitment of the HBK Seed breeding program combined with
world-class Bayer CropScience trait research and expertise provides growers
with more choices and resources to select the HBK soybean variety that best
fits their specific growing conditions," said Allen Gent, U.S. soybean product
manager and strategy lead for Bayer CropScience. "With an expanding HBK Seed
soybean lineup, we are better able to deliver the technology solutions growers
need to manage agronomic risks."

With more broadly adapted varieties available, soybean growers in the
Mid-South, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Southwest regions will have additional
options to optimize yield potential and manage tough-to-control weeds. Two of
the new varieties will offer the LibertyLink® trait, giving growers the
ability to spray Liberty® in-crop for nonselective postemergence control of
the toughest weeds, including Palmer amaranth, giant ragweed, waterhemp and
marestail.

With the addition of the three new varieties in 2014, HBK Seed will have a
total of 12 soybean seed varieties, including six LibertyLink varieties,
covering Maturity Groups 4, 5 and 7.

Growers can contact their local Bayer representative or their local HBK Seed
retailer for more information on the following 2014 HBK Seed soybean
varieties:

HBK LL4653 is a mid Group 4 variety with excellent emergence and top-end yield
potential. This LibertyLink variety offers good protection from Sudden Death
Syndrome, Frogeye Leaf Spot and Soybean Cyst Nematode.

HBK LL4953 is a late Group 4 LibertyLink variety that responds well to
irrigation and was a top yielder in field trials the past two years. With its
top-notch emergence and standability, LL4953 is an excellent option for all
soil types and has a good defensive package.

HBK RY7523 is a mid Group 7 variety. This Roundup Ready 2 Yield® variety has
excellent yield potential and good early season vigor. It performs well across
all row types and offers good protection against Southern Root-Knot and
Southern Stem Canker.

For additional HBK Seed information, visit http://www.hbksoyseed.us, contact
your local HBK retailer or a local Bayer representative or call 1-866-99-BAYER
(1-866-992-2937). For product information on LibertyLink and Liberty
application or to reference technical information and recommended best
management practices, growers should visit the LibertyLink page on
BayerCropScience.us.

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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:
press.bayercropscience.com

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

Becca Hogan
Manager of External Communications
Bayer CropScience
Tel: (919) 549-2998
Email: becca(dot)hogan(at)bayer(dot)com

Greg Lammert
Rhea + Kaiser
Tel: (630) 955-2526
Email: glammert(at)rkconnect(dot)com

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