Farmers will have access to new varieties in time for 2019 spring planting
Winnipeg, MB – Jan. 8, 2019 – Canadian and U.S. canola farmers will have access to
Bayer’s next-generation canola trait following confirmation that China’s Ministry of
Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) has granted safety certificate approval for the import
and food/feed use of TruFlexTM canola with Roundup Ready® technology (MON88302).
MARA has notified Bayer that a safety certificate for TruFlexTM canola has been granted.
MARA has publicly posted this information on their website and we are awaiting final
documentation, which we expect to receive shortly.
“After five years of waiting to introduce this product to Canadian and U.S. farmers we are
thrilled to move forward with commercialization in 2019,” said Jon Riley, trait launch lead
with Bayer. “Farmers want, and need, new technology to help drive yield on their farms
and they are looking forward to planting TruFlexTM canola this coming season.”
The company is encouraged that fundamental improvements in the regulatory process in
China remain an important focus in ongoing negotiations with governments that have
significant exports to China. Bayer supports the goal of these negotiations; enabling a
predictable, timely, transparent and science-based process in China that fuels both global
innovation and trade.
TruFlexTM canola is part of an improved canola system compared to Genuity® Roundup
Ready® canola and is designed for a range of growing conditions. Among the benefits
over Bayer’s current technology are:
• Improved control of tough weeds – The TruFlexTM canola system allows for the
control of a broad spectrum of tough-to-control weeds including cleavers, foxtail barley
and wild buckwheat. It also helps enable season-long dandelion control.
• Flexibility in spray rates and timing – The TruFlexTM canola system has a wider
application window, providing farmers with up to 10-14 more spray days than our
current technology. And by enabling flexible application rates, it will help farmers
choose the right rate for the unique weed challenges they face on their farms.
• Higher yield potential through genetics and improved crop safety – New genetics
help deliver higher yield potential and the improved crop system delivers better weed
control and crop safety over Genuity® Roundup Ready® canola.
Stewarded plot trials and field demonstrations took place at several locations across
Western Canada last summer to allow farmers to see the performance of TruFlexTM
canola in the field and drive pre-orders from farmers across Western Canada.
Bayer expects TruFlexTM canola will be planted on approximately one million acres in its
inaugural season and will be offered in both the company’s DEKALB® seed brand and
from other Canadian licensees, including Nutrien Ag Solutions and CANTERRA SEEDS.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada granted full food, feed
and environmental safety approval of TruFlexTM canola in June 2012 and the product has
been approved for import in several export markets. Securing import approval from China
- Canada’s largest export market for canola - further enables our 2019 commercialization
For more information about TruFlexTM canola go to www.truflex.ca or
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