On Center Stage

July 25, 2014 09:27 PM
On Center Stage

New seed brands for 2015 promise to bring fresh production choices

On your mark, get set—wait is the reality companies often endure in their effort to launch new technology. But with any luck, a number of new hybrids and varieties that are backed by years of science will reach U.S. farmers’ fields in time for 2015.

First is the long-awaited Enlist Weed Control System from Dow AgroSciences. Company officials  expect Enlist corn and Enlist soybeans to be introduced in 2015, with Enlist E3 soybeans and Enlist cotton to follow as early as 2016.

This summer, Dow invites farmers, retailers and seed dealers to attend one of the company’s technology centers highlighting the Enlist Weed Control System. The technology centers will bring the Enlist system closer to customers by offering locations for review in both the Midwest and South.

The Enlist system will be featured across multiple environments and soil types and will showcase control of a range of resistant and tough weed species. Each technology center will include crops, weeds and management practices that are commonly found in the area, notes Damon Palmer, U.S. commercial leader for the system. 

First global brand. Next spring, farmers in select states will also have the opportunity to plant Credenz brand soybeans from Bayer CropScience for the first time.

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 Bayer CropScience. 

"Credenz combines smart genetics with high-yielding, carefully selected genetics and will give farmers a choice of traits," Angelo 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 southern states, primarily Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and North and South Carolina. Farmers in parts of the Midwest, including Illinois, southern Iowa and the Missouri Bootheel, will also have the opportunity to plant the new soybean seed. 

Angelo 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," Angelo notes.

In a press release, the company explains that the Credenz line will offer soybean producers:
  • A customized, flexible platform developed to meet a range of individual production preferences, including location, soil type, disease resistance and weed management features; and
  • Versatile disease tolerance to stem canker, frogeye and sudden death syndrome to protect plants and help them thrive and deliver competitive yield performance.
"In the coming years we’ll offer the first-ever HPPD tolerance in the (soybean) marketplace," Angelo adds.  Currently, the HPPD technology is used only in corn.  

Chris Tinius, global soybean breeding director for Bayer says the company also has access to dicamba technology and is "working with it across all our maturity groups." 


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