Soybeans

Bayer plans to make its next generation of herbicide-tolerant soybeans widely available for the 2021 growing season, the company said Monday.

XtendFlex beans add tolerance to glufosinate (Liberty) to their predecessors’ tolerance of glyphosate and dicamba.

The new trait may help farmers overcome problems with glyphosate-resistant weeds and avoid dicamba, which has generated numerous drift complaints since becoming available for over-the-top use four years ago.

Bayer expects to supply XtendFlex beans for up to 20 million acres in the U.S. and Canada in 2021.

Monday’s announcement followed the crop’s final approval in a major market, which came from the European Commission.

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