Bayer has announced the first new post-emergence mode of action for broad acre weed control in 30 years. This new herbicide molecule is still in the early development phase with efforts also underway to develop a corresponding biotechnology trait for the herbicide tolerance. In its annual update on its pipeline advancements, Bayer also highlighted a short stature corn. Because it is several feet shorter than today’s field corn, this product concept provides better access for precision application of inputs. The short stature corn could also be planted closer together, increasing production from the same amount of land. Pending regulatory approval, Bayer also plans to launch XtendFlex soybeans this spring. This product builds off of the Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybean platform and adds tolerance to glufosinate.
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