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

CLIVE, IOWA, (Feb. 26, 2013) — MS Technologies and Bayer CropScience LLC today announced plans to market a new soybean trait called Balance™ GT (Event FG72) – a dual herbicide tolerant trait stack featuring tolerance to both glyphosate and isoxaflutole. MS Technologies and Bayer CropScience 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.”

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

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. For more information on MS Technologies, visit our website.

Bayer: Science For A Better Life

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen. In fiscal 2015, the Group employed around 117,000 people and had sales of EUR 46.3 billion. Capital expenditures amounted to EUR 2.6 billion, R&D expenses to EUR 4.3 billion. These figures include those for the high-tech polymers business, which was floated on the stock market as an independent company named Covestro on October 6, 2015. For more information, go to www.bayer.com.