European Commission approves Bayer’s XtendFlex Soybeans


Bayer cleared the final hurdle for its XtendFlex soybean technology to be used in the European Union.

The European Commission announced the decision Monday and this paves the way for full launch in the U.S. and Canada in 2021. Bayer expects to be able to supply 20 million U.S. soy acres this selling season.

“XtendFlex soybeans will be Bayer’s second major product launch in soybeans in the last 5 years,” said Lisa Safarian, President of Crop Science North America. “The upcoming launch in 2021 highlights the strength of the Bayer soybean pipeline, as well as the investment that Bayer continues to make in our soybean portfolio and the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System. XtendFlex soybeans are the latest example of Bayer developing innovative products to help farmers meet challenges on their farm.”

According to a release, XtendFlex builds upon Roundup Ready 2 Xtend technology and provides growers with “additional flexibility to manage tough-to-control and resistant weeds.”

“We’ve seen great demand for XtendFlex soybeans from our customers,” said Lisa Streck, Bayer soybean launch lead. “Based on that demand, we’ve developed a supply plan to meet the market demand in 2021, across all maturities, Bayer brands and licensees...... This technology offers outstanding yield potential and weed control flexibility that will benefit soybean farmers across the U.S.”

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