Bayer CropSceince Takes Legal Action Against US Farmers

Six farmers from southeast Missouri find themselves at odds with Bayer CropScience after allegedly saving and subsequently planting soybean seed that contained the company’s Roundup Ready 2 Xtend technology.

Bayer also alleges that four of the six growers illegally applied dicamba formulations not approved for over-the-top (OTT) use on Xtend soybeans and did so after the June 30th cutoff date for OTT dicamba application set by EPA and the state of Missouri.

In complaints filed in late January with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in St. Louis, Bayer claimed the Bootheel farmers’ alleged actions infringe upon its patents and breach the terms of contracts and technology stewardship agreements (TSAs) the farmers signed.

The company seeks damages and a permanent injunction against the farmers to prevent future infringements on patented technologies.

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