Balance GT Soybeans Receive Approval from China

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, Bayer CropScience, Soybeans, Traits

Balance GT soybeans from MS Technologies and Bayer have received import approval from China.

The Balance GT Soybean Performance System offers growers a high-yielding genetic along side a double herbicide-tolerant trait for both glyphosate and isoxaflutole, the active ingredient in Balance Bean. Approval from China is an important milestone in getting Balance approved for commercial soybean use. Already the product has approval from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, the European Union and the U.S., but will not be available until it has received all required regulatory approvals.

“We are thrilled to have received approval from China — a key country in the process of bringing this technology to the market. Balance™ GT will truly improve the future of farming through its high-yielding genetics and control over glyphosate-resistant weeds,” said Joseph Merschman, president of MS Technologies™.

MS Technologies™ and Bayer have been collaborating for more than a decade to commercialize new herbicide-tolerant technologies for soybeans, starting with the LibertyLink® system in 2009. Balance™ GT will mark the second collaboration for the two companies and will provide a strong alternative to current weed management options.

Balance™ GT will be broadly licensed throughout North America. In upcoming years, Balance™ GT is expected to evolve into a triple-stacked herbicide-tolerant soybean, Balance™ GTLL, providing tolerance to glyphosate, Balance® Bean and Liberty® (glufosinate-ammonium).