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Bayer offers Alloy soybeans as Enlist optionBayer offers Alloy soybeans as Enlist option

A new brand line gives Bayer customers access to Enlist technology.

Tom J. Bechman

September 18, 2023

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An Alloy sign posted in a soybean field
NEW NAME: A new name popped up on variety signs in soybean fields this year. Bayer introduced Alloy as an option for growers seeking varieties with Enlist technology. Tom J. Bechman

Farmers attending a field day at Sudan Farms near Columbus, Ind., this summer saw variety signs they may not have seen before. Clint Arnholt and his family included Alloy soybeans in their plots. It was the first year Alloy soybeans were available.

What are they? “All Alloy soybean products have Enlist technology,” explains Clint Chaffer, brand manager for Bayer Crop Science, acting as distribution manager for Alloy. “These products have tolerance to glufosinate or Liberty, 2,4-D choline, and glyphosate or Roundup. The goal was to offer a choice to customers who wanted access to Enlist technology.

“Alloy is a distribution brand from MS Technologies. Bayer has exclusive rights to sell these products.”

Chaffer notes that 22 products were available within the Alloy brand for the inaugural season in 2023. Products available ranged in maturity from Group 0.3 to 4.8. There will be 29 products offered under the Alloy brand for 2024. The maturity range will stay the same as for 2023.

Data collected on the current Alloy varieties indicate they compete well with competitive brands outside of Bayer, even posting a yield advantage over a major competitor.

“There is not a one-size-fits-all solution for weed control in soybeans,” Chaffer says. “Alloy should be a fit for growers who need an Enlist-type solution to problem weeds.”

About the Author(s)

Tom J. Bechman

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farmer, Farm Progress

Tom J. Bechman is editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer. He joined Farm Progress in 1981 as a field editor, first writing stories to help farmers adjust to a difficult harvest after a tough weather year. His goal today is the same — writing stories that help farmers adjust to a changing environment in a profitable manner.

Bechman knows about Indiana agriculture because he grew up on a small dairy farm and worked with young farmers as a vocational agriculture teacher and FFA advisor before joining Farm Progress. He works closely with Purdue University specialists, Indiana Farm Bureau and commodity groups to cover cutting-edge issues affecting farmers. He specializes in writing crop stories with a focus on obtaining the highest and most economical yields possible.

Tom and his wife, Carla, have four children: Allison, Ashley, Daniel and Kayla, plus eight grandchildren. They raise produce for the food pantry and house 4-H animals for the grandkids on their small acreage near Franklin, Ind.

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