Leverage 2.7 Insecticide Registered For Soybeans, Cotton

Growers have a new solution for controlling a broad range of insect pests

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (April 10, 2008) ¾ Soybean growers faced with the most damaging sucking and chewing pests have a new tool. Leverage® 2.7SE insecticide from Bayer CropScience recently received EPA registration for soybeans. Featuring two modes of action and a broad spectrum of protection, Leverage 2.7 controls a wide range of pests such as soybean aphid, bean leaf beetle, Japanese beetle and corn rootworm beetles. Leverage 2.7 is also registered for use in cotton.

“With the two modes of action in Leverage 2.7, soybean growers get the best of both worlds ― rapid knockdown with long-lasting foliar and in-plant residual activity,” said Ed Keane, Leverage 2.7 product manager, Bayer CropScience. “Plus, it contains a new mode of action for foliar soybean insect control, which provides an additional resistance-management tool.”

Cotton growers continue to benefit from Leverage 2.7, he added. It is the complete solution for mid- and late-season insect control by protecting cotton against a wide range of problematic pests, from plant bugs and stink bugs to bollworms and other lepidopterous pests. The result is improved square retention and higher yield potential.

“Leverage 2.7 is equipped with Stress Shield technology,” Keane said, “protecting the plant from many environmental stresses that can reduce plant vigor and yield. It has surface and translaminar activity, which means it protects both the upper and lower sides of leaves.”

With the recent upward trend in commodity prices, growers don’t want to leave anything in the field, Keane said.

“Leverage 2.7 is an excellent tool for both soybean and cotton growers to realize the highest yields – and profits – possible.”

For additional information, contact your local Bayer CropScience field representative or visit www.BayerCropScienceUS.com.

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About Bayer CropScience

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience AG, a subsidiary of Bayer AG with annual sales of about EUR 5.8 billion (2007), is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and plant biotechnology. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of about 17,800 and is represented in more than 120 countries.

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Bayer CropScience, 2 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. Always read and follow label instructions. Bayer (reg’d), The Bayer Cross(reg’d), Leverage® 2.7 and Stress Shield™ are trademarks of Bayer. Leverage 2.7 is a Restricted Use Pesticide.

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