November 14, 2013


Bayer CropScience and Cargill introduce L156H specialty canola to US farmers



Bayer CropScience and Cargill have introduced L156H, an Invigor Health specialty canola hybrid with a high oleic oil profile, to the US farming sector.


"L156H gives farmers the agronomic performance they can count on from InVigor, together with the opportunity to sell at a contract premium," says Tom Schuler, Bayer CropScience's strategic business lead for seeds and traits. "At the end of the day, the InVigor Health hybrid helps farmers minimise risk and maximise profit."

Like all other hybrids in the InVigor portfolio, L156H features early-season vigor, the highest rating for blackleg resistance and the LibertyLink® trait, which gives farmers an alternative to glyphosate-tolerant systems.

In 11 large plot trials across North Dakota and eastern Montana, US, during 2012 and 2013, L156H yielded 10% higher than Nexera™ 1012, a competitor's specialty canola hybrid.

"Farmers can earn higher returns by growing specialty canola in a simple programme that offers a premium over classic canola," says Rick Wiebe, marketing manager for Cargill Specialty Seeds & Oils. "We are pleased to provide growers more specialty canola hybrid options and herbicide options with the introduction of InVigor Health L156H."

L156H is the fourth InVigor canola hybrid introduced by Bayer CropScience for the 2014 growing season which will see limited quantity of the specialty canola. The company will also produce and package the seed and sell it through Cargill Specialty Seeds & Oils' authorised dealers.

Other new hybrids for the season are L140P - the industry's first hybrid with pod shatter tolerance; L160S, the first InVigor hybrid with sclerotinia tolerance; and L252, the first InVigor hybrid with high classic canola oil content.

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