About Balance GT Soybeans

The Balance GT Soybean Performance System was developed through collaboration between MS Technologies, Bayer and Mertec LLC. Created using high-yielding, elite soybean genetics, Balance GT will give growers exceptional performance coupled with outstanding weed control. Balance GT soybeans will be tolerant to both glyphosate and isoxaflutole, the active ingredient in the new Balance® Bean herbicide. The Balance GT system will give growers the benefit of two modes of herbicide action to combat a broad spectrum of grasses and broadleaves, including a number of herbicide-resistant weeds. Additionally, a weed management program based on Balance® Bean will provide long-lasting residual control with reactivation technology. When combined with supplemental post-emergence applications of glyphosate, the system will control weeds through canopy closure. Glyphosate and Balance® Bean are excellent choices for burndown in no-till applications. Both chemistries are proven, non-volatile and will provide outstanding ease of use.

Balance GT will be the first step in a foundational system that will grow to include a triple-stacked herbicide tolerant soybean, providing tolerance to glyphosate, Balance® Bean and Liberty®.

Development of Balance GT

MS Technologies, Bayer and Mertec LLC have been working together for more than a decade to develop products that improve the future of farming for growers. Through this research, the Balance GT Soybean Performance System has been created to usher in the next era of soybean performance and control.

MS Technologies LLC is a leading trait, technology and soybean genetics provider. MS Technologies LLC 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, visit their Facebook page or view the website at www.mstechseed.com.

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer, 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 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:www.press.bayercropscience.com.

Mertec LLC, based in West Point, Iowa, is a leading breeder and developer of soybean germplasm for the seed trade. Mertec has an extensive lineup of soybean germplasm for the maturities in the United States. Mertec has entered into strategic relationships with biotech and life science companies to deliver the latest traits and technologies to farmer growers in Mertec's high-yielding soybean germplasm.