The Stine Seed Company, Adel, Iowa, has signed on as a licensee in preparation to offer the Balance GT Soybean Performance System once all necessary regulatory approvals are completed.
In a news release, Stine officials say the Balance GT Soybean Performance System will benefit soybean growers by providing high-yielding, elite genetics coupled with a double herbicide-tolerant trait stack, protecting against a wide range of broadleaf weeds and grasses.
“We recognize the need for an additional soybean seed-herbicide trait platform to meet our customers’ needs,” says Myron Stine, president of Stine Seed Company. “Balance GT truly represents a unique solution that we believe will add value to our customers’ operations, and we are excited to be partnering with MS Technologies and Bayer to deliver this new technology to soybean growers.”
As a licensee for the Balance GT Soybean Performance System, Stine officials say the company will be able to deliver their customers a platform that will offer not only yield improvements but also simple and effective weed management along with long-lasting, residual control.
“This is exciting news for Balance GT,” says Lindsey Seitz, brand manager for MS Technologies. “With Stine as a licensee, we’re confident soybean growers will enjoy convenient access to this new soybean technology.”
Balance GT marks the second collaboration for MS Technologies and Bayer, which brought growers the LibertyLink system in 2009. Balance GT will be broadly licensed throughout North America and will provide a strong alternative to current weed management options, say company officials.
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 herbicides, say company officials.
While Balance GT soybeans have received all necessary import approvals, the Balance GT Soybean Performance System will not be commercially available for the 2017 season, as all required regulatory approvals have not yet been received for Balance Bean herbicide.