As weed management has become increasingly complex, the LibertyLink® system is a simply better solution to combat missed weeds. The LibertyLink® system couples high-performing genetics coupled with Liberty’s excellent weed control on tough-to-control and resistant weeds for high yields that deliver.
* Liberty’s active ingredient is a group 10 herbicide, which is the only broad-spectrum herbicide that effectively controls grasses and broadleaf weeds, and it has no known resistance in U.S. broadacre crops.
BASF has broadly licensed the LibertyLink® trait to combine high-yielding genetics with the powerful, nonselective postemergence weed control of Liberty® herbicide.
With soybean seed available through nearly 85 seed companies, including Credenz® Seed, growers can manage their weed pressures with LibertyLink varieties that fit their growing conditions.
The LibertyLink trait is widely available in high yielding, high-quality FiberMax® and Stoneville® cotton seed varieties.
It is also offered stacked with GlyTol®, which provides growers with the option to choose the nonselective weed control method they need. FiberMax and Stoneville varieties stacked with GlyTol and the LibertyLink trait are the first-ever stacked cotton varieties with full tolerance to both Liberty and glyphosate herbicides for flexible, reliable weed resistance management. In addition, BASF offers the LibertyLink trait stacked with GlyTol and Bollgard Il® in high-yielding FiberMax and Stoneville varieties for effective weed control options and protection against worms.
LibertyLink corn hybrids are available in Herculex®, SmartStax® and Agrisure® hybrids with corn borer protection. They are also available as in-bag refuge products in Genuity® SmartStax RIB Complete®, Refuge Advanced® powered by SmartStax, Optimum® AcreMax® RW (AMRW), Optimum AcreMax (AM), Optimum AcreMax XTRA (AMX),Optimum AcreMax 1 (AM1) and Optimum AcreMax XTreme (AMXT).*
* Not all Optimum AcreMax products may be sprayed with Liberty in-crop, indicated by the label designations ending in -R, e.g., AMRW-R, AM-R and AMX-R.
InVigor® canola hybrids with the LibertyLink trait are top performers, known for outstanding yield and strong early season growth. They consistently deliver superior crop establishment, uniform maturity and greater harvestability over many other hybrids. InVigor canola hybrids with the LibertyLink trait have out-yielded competitive lines since InVigor canola introduction.
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In the real world, missed weeds compromise real yield. BASF introduces the LibertyLink® system which combines the high-performing genetics of the LibertyLink trait with excellent weed control from Liberty® herbicide. The LibertyLink system is a simply better solution that ensures you don't lose yield from missed weeds today.
Introducing the LibertyLink System, a simply better solution for today
The soybean weed control landscape is changing. Twentieth-century weed control is no longer effective. Glyphosate was a game-changer 20 years ago, but we can no longer spray the same chemistry multiple times on the same acre, year in and year out, and expect the same results. Herbicide resistance is increasing, but we can fight it with effective weed control. That means mixing multiple sites of action on your fields.
Missed Weeds Are On The Rise
In 2012, glyphosate-resistant weeds were reported on 61 million acres.
That Rose To 84 Million In 2014 And Growing
More soybean farmers surveyed also are saying they have resistant weeds.
New technologies have reached a standstill. Since the 1980s, no new herbicide chemistries have been developed. Future solutions are mixing and stacking multiple sites of action to try to control weeds and prevent increased resistance. You can’t wait for a future solution when missed weeds are shrinking your yields today.
LibertyLink® is a simply better solution and is available today.
Providing Excellent Weed Control with No Row Crop Resistance
No More Missed Yields
Weeds which emerge with the crop, or shortly thereafter, have the greatest potential to negatively affect yields.
The associated yield loss is strongly influenced by how long weeds are allowed to remain in the field.
A Michigan State University study showed that when weeds were allowed to reach 6 inches in height before control, yield was reduced as much as 2.5 to 5.5 bu./A per day.*
- Palmer Amaranth can reduce yields by as much as 79% and can drop hundreds of thousands of seeds, creating problems for years to come.
- Waterhemp can reduce yields by as much as 44%.
- Marestail can reduce yields by as much as 22%.
Liberty is able to reduce the costliness of missed weeds, protecting yield and profit.
- The ONLY working nonselective herbicide still effective on grasses and broadleaf weeds**
- Unique site of action (Group 10), unlike any other herbicide on the market
It Contains a Different Chemistry
Liberty, a Group 10 site mode of action herbicide, is fast-acting and kills weeds in days rather than weeks. You will see overall value when you choose the LibertyLink® system to control weeds today.
*C. Sprague, “Timely Post Herbicide Applications Will Improve Profi ts in Soybeans,” 2013, Michigan State University Extension, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences. http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/timely_post_herbicide_applications_will_improve_profi ts_in_soybeans.
Capturing Real Yield with a 2.1 bu./A Advantage
Get Real Soybean Yields Now
Better weed control leads to better soybean yields. With the LibertyLink® system, weeds are better controlled to reduce their drain on yield for better results in the real world. Liberty® herbicide controls weeds quickly, so LibertyLink varieties can reach their full yield potential.
- Across the board, on-farm comparisons, independent studies and university research show Libertylink delivers real yield.
- For three years running, 3 out of 4 growers reported LibertyLink soybeans yielded as much as and better than on-farm averages.*
- University research trials confirm LibertyLink soybeans have a 2.1 bushel yield advantage over Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybeans.
Talk to your local retailer to find a high-yielding variety that fits your farm.
* Beck Ag, Bayer CropScience Observation Ambassador Summary 2011, 2012 and 2013. 842 users of LibertyLink surveyed. 513 growers surveyed planted both LibertyLink and Roundup Ready soybeans.
Promoting Stewardship for Sustainability with IWM Best Practices
Weed Resistance is Growing Rapidly.
With new chemical developments lacking, proper stewardship of current chemistries is more important than ever. BASF offers best practices, tips and tools to help you avoid increasing resistance on your farm.
Integrated Weed Management
When resistant weeds develop, farmers face additional costs to control them – unplanned herbicide applications, intense manual labor, even total crop loss. Using Liberty® herbicide and these 10 steps to integrated weed management can help to prevent additional costs and can result in successful management of resistant weeds.
10 Steps to Integrated Weed Management
- Rotate crops
- Rotate herbicide-tolerant traits
- Use multiple effective modes of action
- Know your weeds, know your fields
- Start with clean fields
- Stay clean – use residual herbicides
- Apply herbicides correctly
- Control weed escapes
- Zero tolerance – reduce the seed bank
- Clean equipment
Anticipating Tomorrow’s Challenges with a Commitment to Improvement
Growing the Future Together
With constant changes in the field and ever-increasing herbicide resistance throughout the country, BASF recognizes that farmers need to be equipped with an array of tools to fight challenging conditions specific to their fields.
The LibertyLink® system was created to bring the dual action of Liberty® herbicide’s better weed control together with the high-performing genetics of LibertyLink for real yield, and BASF continues to invest in products that work together to fight anything you might encounter in your fields now and in the future.
With more than 60 million acres of corn, cotton, soybeans and canola now having the LibertyLink trait, it is anticipated that the number of acres will double across multiple crops in the next few years. Liberty herbicide is certain to become an important tool in your weed management toolbox.
The Balance™ GT* Soybean Performance System couples high-yielding, elite genetics with a double herbicide-tolerant trait stack for maximum yield potential and weed control. The Balance GT system gives growers the flexibility to use both glyphosate and Balance® Bean** for burndown and pre-emergence applications. The system is anticipated for commercial release in 2017, pending regulatory approvals.
Balance GT/LL is a premier herbicide trait system that allows growers to experience the superior benefits of Balance® Bean while enjoying the flexibility of using either Liberty or glyphosate in their crop. Growers gain peace of mind by having the most comprehensive weed control system available without volatility concerns. Anticipated approval of Balance GT/LL is 2018.
Balance Bean herbicide, as part of the Balance GT system, offers growers a new, selective herbicide for soybeans.
- Proven burndown and residual control
- Flexible application window
- Reactivation capabilities
- Nonvolatile chemistries
- Wide spectrum control of grasses and broadleaf weeds
*Developed with MS Technologies
**Balance Bean is not registered for sale or use in the United States.