MS Technologies™ and Bayer receive Chinese approval for Balance™ GT soybeans

Balance™ GT Soybean Performance System to provide long-lasting residual control with reactivation technology

West Point, IA — MS Technologies™ has received import approval from China for the company’s upcoming Balance™ GT soybeans. The new Balance™ GT Soybean Performance System is a collaboration with Bayer that will combine industry-leading genetics with a double herbicide-tolerant trait that will confer tolerance to glyphosate and isoxaflutole, the active ingredient in the new Balance® Bean herbicide. The Balance™ GT Soybean Performance System will benefit soybean growers by providing high-yielding genetics and protection against a variety of broadleaf weeds and grasses.

This is a significant milestone in the Balance™ GT approval process, moving the new soybean trait closer to commercialization for our soybean producers. Balance™ GT has already received approvals from critical countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, the European Union and the United States. Balance® Bean herbicide is pending EPA registration. The Balance™ GT Soybean Performance System will not be commercially available until the system has received all required regulatory approvals.

“We are thrilled to have received approval from China — a key country in the process of bringing this technology to the market. Balance™ GT will truly improve the future of farming through its high-yielding genetics and control over glyphosate-resistant weeds,” said Joseph Merschman, president of MS Technologies™.

MS Technologies™ and Bayer have been collaborating for more than a decade to commercialize new herbicide-tolerant technologies for soybeans, starting with the LibertyLink® system in 2009. Balance™ GT will mark the second collaboration for the two companies and will provide a strong alternative to current weed management options.

Balance™ GT will be broadly licensed throughout North America. In upcoming years, Balance™ GT is expected to evolve into a triple-stacked herbicide-tolerant soybean, Balance™ GTLL, providing tolerance to glyphosate, Balance® Bean and Liberty® (glufosinate-ammonium).