Five Questions About XtendFlex® Soybeans (Expected Soon*)

Lisa Streck, North America Soybean Launch Lead, Bayer

As the North America Soybean Launch Lead for Bayer, Lisa Streck helps bring to market new soybean solutions.

Today's Acre caught up with her to learn about XtendFlex® soybeans, expected soon.

  1. What are XtendFlex soybeans?

    XtendFlex soybeans are soybeans that have tolerance to three different sites of action — dicamba, glyphosate and glufosinate. This soybean system will provide flexibility for farmers, giving them the option for over-the-top applications of XtendiMax® herbicide with VaporGrip® Technology (Restricted Use Pesticide), Roundup® agricultural herbicides or Liberty® herbicide applications, depending on each farmer's unique needs.

  2. Why is this new technology being brought to market?

    One of our goals at Bayer is to continue to provide farmers with new technologies to help them manage the challenges on their farms. When available we will bring XtendFlex soybeans to market to help farmers control their tough-to-control and resistant weeds. Because these soybeans will have tolerances to three different sites of action, they will be an important tool for farmers.

  3. What type of seed genetics will this new technology be brought to market in?

    The seed genetics behind XtendFlex soybeans are built on the proven high-yielding Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans that farmers know and trust. Bayer has made significant investments in the XtendFlex soybean pipeline to deliver strong agronomic performance in high-yield potential varieties across all maturity groups. When commercialized, XtendFlex soybeans will be available in Asgrow® brand, Channel® brand and regional and local seed brands that currently sell Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans.

  4. When do you expect farmers to have access to XtendFlex soybeans?

    We are targeting a 2020 launch, pending European approval, which is the last remaining approval needed in key markets. We have U.S. approval, as well as approval in key Asian export markets.

  5. How can I learn more, or see these new soybeans, between now and then?

    In 2019, we had a large number of field trials across the country at our field days for farmers to see this new technology. We also had trials conducted with academics, and we had many farmer cooperators who were able to experience this technology on their farms this year; some have called it the ultimate trait combination.

You can learn more about XtendFlex soybeans at RoundupReadyXtend.com/XtendFlexTA

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