Canadian farmers who buy Bayer CropScience’s LibertyLink canola or soybeans to plant next year will be paying more per bag of seed while paying less for Liberty herbicide.
At the suggested retail prices for both InVigor hybrid canola and the group 10 glufosinate ammonium herbicide, the net result will be the same cost to growers, Bayer said in a recent release.
But the move “will make Liberty more affordable and flexible” as a resistance management tool, the company said, with a lower cost for a two-pass option and/or a higher labeled rate option where required.
But growers will also be required to sign a one-time “Liberty and Trait Agreement” accompanying this change, the company said.
“This shift also recognizes the value created by our traits and technologies, which has a direct payback to growers and the canola industry,” Rod Merryweather, Bayer’s North American oilseeds business operations manager, said in the release.
The shift will take place starting with seed bookings for the 2010 growing season this fall, the company said.