Bayer CropScience Postpones GlyTol Cottons

Company blames regulatory procedures, not technical issues, for the halt.

Published on: Feb 23, 2010

Officials at Bayer CropScience are disappointed at having to cancel the launch of the firm's GlyTol varieties but are looking forward to a significant launch of the glyphosate resistant varieties in 2011.


Paul Callaghan, Lubbock, Bayer's global cotton traits manager, says the decision last Thursday to halt the planned 2010 launch of the FM9101 GT and FM 9103 GT came because of procedural review problems in Japan's feed industry.


"This is not a technical issue," Callaghan explains, "It's not something of a scientific nature, at all, but one of delay because of reorganizations within Japan's regulatory bodies that were reviewing our products' byproducts impact on the Japanese feed industry."


Callaghan says Bayer CropScience already had full approval for the GlyTol varieties in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia. In fact, the Japanese approval of GlyTol cotton from the "food" side of the approval process is already in hand. The decision to halt the planned 2010 launch of the varieties came last Thursday at Bayer's San Antonio meeting of dealers and other stakeholders.


GlyTol technology allows the use of glyphosate herbicide on cotton, similarly to Roundup Ready varieties produced through Monsanto's program, but uses a different gene than the Monsanto products.


"When we realized we were not going to be able to meet the regulatory deadlines in Japan for this year -- and have full approval of all our trading partner countries -- it was our decision to postpone the launch until 2011," Callaghan explained. "This gives us another year to showcase our traits, build up seed stocks and demonstrate our products to growers across the U.S.," he notes. Currrently, we have plenty of Fibermax 9058 in stock to take the place of the significant orders we had for GlyTol cotton, and our growers are very accustomed to using it.


The current announcement also gives growers time to make changes in their planting decisions, Callaghan explained.


"We're disappointed, of course, but we're still excited that we can hit the market in an even bigger way in 2011 with this year's expected seed increase," he added.