Choices, Choices: Corn and Soybean Farmers Now Have More

July 7, 2009 07:00 PM

Rachel Duff, Farm Journal Intern

Bayer CropScience and DuPont have entered into a series of long-term business agreements to cross-license Bayer and DuPont products. The agreement is related to key plant biotechnology traits and enabling technologies, according to a Bayer CropScience press release.
The cross-license agreements will combine next generation seed solutions and weed and insect control strategies from Bayer CropScience and the DuPont Crop Protection and Pioneer Hi-Bred businesses.
Within the framework of these agreements, Bayer CropScience grants:

  • Pioneer licenses to use the LibertyLink(r) trademark in Pioneer proprietary corn
    and soybean germplasm.
  •  Pioneer with worldwide regulatory support for Pioneer products comprising the LibertyLink(r) trait.
  • Pioneer to use the glufosinate-tolerance technology in soybean product development.
In the area of insect resistance, Bayer CropScience provides:
  • Pioneer with licenses under its Dual Bt patents, with limited rights to grant sublicenses for development of next generation insect resistance management in corn.
  • DuPont Crop Protection rights to continue to offer its DuPont(tm) Q product formulations containing the Bayer herbicide safener isoxadifen. These corn postemergence herbicides provide growers with improved crop safety.
  •  DuPont the rights to offer blends of isoxadifen with certain defined HPPD herbicides and its sulfonylurea herbicides.
  • Licenses that will enable DuPont to introduce a broad class of future crop protection product offerings.
A number of other cross-licenses on enabling technologies between the
two companies are also included in the agreements. Further details of the
agreements were not provided in the release.
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