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Posted 31 August 2017. PMN Crop News.

New Year, New Profit Potential: Credenz Soybeans Launch New Varieties for 2018

Innovative variety options provide growers more solutions to combat agronomic challenges

Source: Bayer CropScience Press Release.

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina (August 29, 2017)--Soybean growers have 15 new variety options to fight against key agronomic issues in 2018. The new Credenz varieties include LibertyLink traits and feature Bayer smart genetics. In addition, six new Balance GT varieties have been developed for maturity groups 2.1 to 4.1. Upon approval, the Balance GT system will give growers the flexibility to use Balance Bean herbicide for burndown or pre-emergence applications. Growers will have access to additional powerful solutions that continue to maximize performance, boost profit potential and increase yield efficiency.


The new variety options have excellent agronomics and standability, are high-performing yielders and stable performers across a wide geography. Brett Naylor, soybean variety development manager, shared recommendations for variety selection. "For growers who want a variety that moves well North to South, and works well with planting populations of 140,000, CZ 4308LL is an excellent choice. Another top varietal performer, CZ 2928LL, ranks well against soybean cyst nematode disease, frog eye leaf spot fungus, sudden death syndrome and iron deficiency chlorosis."

Here is a full list of the 15 new Credenz varieties for the 2018 season:

CZ 0448LL: Good IDC tolerance, excellent standability and highest yielding early 0 in 2016.

CZ 1028LL: Good SCN tolerance with PI88788 background, solid agronomic package with good standability and stable performer across a wide geography. Highest yielding early MG1.

CZ 1418LL: Excellent top-end yield potential mid MG1, 85 percent win rate versus competitive checks and medium-tall plant type that forms an excellent canopy.

CZ 1738LL: Strong early vigor and all-around disease package. Consistent yielding late MG1 across all environments.

CZ 2408LL: Top performer in 2016 trials and was the highest yielding mid MG2. Medium-tall, bushy plant type that works well across varied soil types from East to West.

CZ 2928LL: Taller plant type with good standability and was the high-performing yielders late MG2 in 2016.

CZ 3118LL: Consistent, uniform performer across multiple geographies with good disease tolerance. Highest yielding early MG3.

CZ 3548LL: Bushy, dark brown bean that forms an excellent canopy. Mid MG3 with consistent yields from East to West.

CZ 3738LL: Consistent yielding late MG3, that moves North well with good standability and disease tolerance.

CZ 4308LL: Early MG4 with a taller, rugged plant type and top-end yield potential. Moves well North to South.

CZ 4548LL: Mid MG4 STS option. Solid performer across many geographies.

CZ 4918LL: Consistent-yielding, late MG4, with good standability and strong defensive package.

CZ 4938LL: High yielding late MG4 with a taller, aggressive plant type that performs across many environments. Performs best at 140K or less plant populations.

CZ5328LL: New attractive tawny tan early MG5. Excellent stem canker and frogeye resistance.

CZ7008LL: Excellent yield performance, attractive tawny/tan. Highest yielding early MG7.

Iowa grower, D.W. Lain, described his experience, "We plant about 2,000 acres of beans a year; we switched from glyphosate to Liberty this year, and, when we made the switch to Liberty, we went with the Credenz beans from Bayer. We went with the whole Bayer program all the way from seed treatment with ILeVO to Liberty. Our yields went from 60 to 70 bushels per acre into the 80s. In 37 years of farming I haven't seen that kind of yield increase before."

Credenz soybean varieties, paired with smart genetics, allow for continuous yield protection and defense against pest pressure, weed-management and disease challenges. Smart genetics is comprised of herbicide-tolerant traits, state-of-the-art breeding methods, tailored varieties and ongoing innovation.

For more information on choosing the right soybean variety for your operation, talk to your local Bayer representative or retailer, and visit

* BalanceTM GT has not received all needed regulatory approvals. Balance Bean is not registered for sale or use in the United States. Components of the technology described here have not yet received regulatory approvals; approvals are pending.

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