Liberty Link soybeans will offer a new soybean technology for 2009. The Liberty Link soybeans are tolerant to glufosinate. Bayer CropScience announced Liberty Link soybeans are the alternative to the non-selective herbicide option of glyphosate-tolerant soybeans. Bayer is working with approximately 85 seed companies to offer Liberty Link soybean varieties for 2009. Twenty-three Liberty Link varieties ranging from mid-group zero to late group four maturities will be marketed to farmers, said Frank Spelbring, vice president of marketing for Soygenetics.

In September, the European Union approved Liberty Link soybeans for import for food and feed use once they were approved to be grown in the United States. New Ignite 280 SL herbicide was approved in 2008 for use on all Liberty Link crops to control more than 120 broadleaf weeds and grasses, including tough-to-control, ALS- and glyphosate-resistant weeds.

Ignite is registered for use on all Liberty Link crops-FiberMax cotton, InVigor canola, Liberty Link corn, including all Herculex and Agrisure CB/LL hybrids and new Liberty Link soybeans. With Liberty Link soybeans and Ignite herbicide, Bayer noted, it has a seed and efficient herbicide combination ready for immediate grower use.