Bayer has announced it has entered into a distribution agreement with MS Technologies to offer soybeans containing the Enlist E3 trait to its customers, beginning in the 2023 growing season.

Soybeans with the Enlist E3 trait provide tolerance to glufosinate, new 2,4-D choline, and glyphosate herbicides, allowing growers to employ multiple sites of action against herbicide-resistant weeds.

The purpose of the distributor agreement is to provide Bayer customers with more choice and additional tools for integrated weed management.

“There are no one-size-fits-all solutions to herbicide and weed management, and we want to provide our customers with more choices to manage tough-to-control weeds,” said Wes Hays, Bayer U.S. soybean portfolio lead.

MS Technologies is a leading trait, technology and soybean genetics provider that features a portfolio of in-house traits, as well as wide access to other traits and technologies through collaborative agreements with other parties.

In 2012, MS Technologies announced a collaboration with Dow AgroSciences to develop Enlist E3 soybeans, becoming the industry’s first three-way gene stack in soybeans. The soybeans later came to the marketplace in 2019.

Later this decade, Bayer intends to launch HT4 soybeans which, when approved, will be the industry’s first five-tolerance soybean trait stack, adding 2,4-D and HPPD tolerance to XtendFlex soybeans.

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