Monday, January 12, 2009

Balance® Flexx Corn Herbicide Knocks Out Tough Weeds with the Power of Recharge

New herbicide provides broad-spectrum control, application flexibility and crop safety.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (January 6, 2009) — Corn growers now have access to a new herbicide option for their fields, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently approved Balance® Flexx herbicide from Bayer CropScience.

Balance Flexx controls more than 50 grass and broadleaf weeds with the power of Recharge.

As little as a half-inch of rain during the growing season reactivates Balance Flexx, which can be applied from early pre-plant burndown through the 2-leaf collar growth stage (V2). Balance Flexx will be labeled for use in field corn production, corn grown for silage and on tolerant seed-corn inbreds.

“The new herbicide serves as a solution to protect field corn from weeds that have shown resistance to ALS-, glyphosate- and triazine-based herbicides,” says Brent Philbrook, Bayer CropScience product development manager.

“Balance Flexx is a very competitive product compared to the current choices growers have,” says Philbrook. “In our 2008 trials, we saw it take down some of the field’s toughest weeds, including kochia and woolly cupgrass, while still providing excellent crop safety.”

Balance Flexx contains the new proprietary Crop Safety Innovation (CSI) Safener technology that enables the herbicide to be used on any soil type with a broad range of crop compatibility. While protecting the plant from herbicide injury, the safener has been shown to result in increased root growth and plant health.

Flexible enough to fit any tillage program, Balance Flexx works through the roots and shoots of weeds to provide excellent burndown and residual control.

“Balance Flexx will control problem weeds and grasses, such as marestail, common ragweed and barnyardgrass,” says Jeff Springsteen, Bayer CropScience product manager for selective corn and soybean herbicides. “It’s also flexible enough to serve as a solid set-up product in a sequential program with Ignite®, Laudis® or other postemergence herbicides.”

To control tough grasses, such as woolly cupgrass, growers should apply the herbicide at a rate of 5 to 6 oz/A.

This new product reinforces the Bayer CropScience commitment to provide growers with the innovative tools needed to maintain healthy, clean fields, which ultimately maximizes yield potential.

“We want growers to have more options in their field management toolbox,” says Springsteen. “By bringing growers the next generation of control against tough weeds, we can ultimately help them increase their bottom line.”

For the 2009 growing season, Balance Flexx will be available with limited supply to growers in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas.

For more information about Balance Flexx, growers can contact their local Bayer CropScience sales representative or call 1-866-99-BAYER (1-866-992-2937).

About Bayer CropScience
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience AG, a subsidiary of Bayer AG with annual sales of about EUR 5.8 billion (2007), is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and plant biotechnology. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of about 17,800 and is represented in more than 120 countries.

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Bayer CropScience, 2 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. Always read and follow label instructions. Bayer (reg’d), the Bayer Cross (reg’d), Balance®, Ignite®, Laudis®, Recharge and CSI are trademarks of Bayer. Balance Flexx is a Restricted Use Pesticide. Balance Flexx is not registered in all states. For additional product information call toll-free 1-866-99-BAYER (1-866-992-2937).

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