Credenz soybeans, the first global soybean seed brand introduced by Bayer CropScience, will be available for planting in parts of the U.S. in 2015.
Farmers in select states will have the opportunity to plant Bayer CropScience Credenz brand soybeans for the first time in 2015.
Credenz, which marks the company's first global soybean seed brand, will include 27 varieties ranging in maturity from Group II to Group VII, according to Diego Angelo, U.S. director of soybean operations for the company. Diego made the announcement earlier today during an online media briefing.
"Credenz combines smart genetics and high-yielding, carefully selected genetics and will give farmers a choice of traits," Diego says.
Notably, the brand will give farmers the choice of selecting varieties with either the LibertyLink (glufosinate) or glyphosate-tolerant trait.
The varieties will be targeted initially to acreage in southern states primarily including: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and the Carolinas. Farmers in parts of the Midwest will also have the opportunity to plant the new soybean seed in areas including Illinois, southern Iowa and the Missouri bootheel.
Diego says the company anticipates expanding the availability of Credenz brand soybeans in 2016 to all major soybean producing states.
The new seed varieties will be sold to farmers via ag retailers. "Ag retail is our main partner for crop protection, and we want to stay consistent with that," Diego notes.
A press release issued by the company this morning says Credenz offers soybean growers:
• A customized, flexible platform developed to meet a range of individual production preferences, including location, soil type, disease resistance and weed management features;
• Versatile disease tolerance to stem canker, frogeye and sudden death syndrome to protect plants and help them thrive and deliver competitive yield performance;
• Advancements in pest management, like multiple herbicide traits and nematode control.
HBK Seed, a brand from Hornbeck Seed Company which Bayer CropScience acquired in 2011, will now carry the Credenz brand name.
Diego expects the company will expand the Credenz platform in future years by introducing multiple new trait technologies and working collaboratively with industry partners to deliver increasingly innovative tools for soybean growers.
"In the coming years we’ll offer the first-ever HPPD tolerance in the (soybean) marketplace," Diego says. Currently, the HPPD technology is used only in corn.
Chris Tinius, global soybean breeding director for Bayer CropScience, says the company also has access to dicamba technology and is "working with it across all our maturity groups."