The U.S. Department of Agriculture deregulated Monsanto’s dicamba-tolerant trait technologies — Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton in early 2015. These weed management solutions will provide farmers with more consistent, flexible control of tough-to-manage broadleaf weeds. The cotton was planted in 2015. The soybeans are awaiting key import approvals but 2016 pre-season orders for the seed are being taken.
Monsanto developed the new soybeans and cotton to tolerate its new formulations of dicamba and glyphosate herbicides. Additionally, the cotton has tolerance to glufosinate herbicide. The new Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System is aimed at combating weeds that have grown resistant to Monsanto’s glyphosate-based Roundup and other companies’ herbicides.
“This announcement marks an important milestone for farmers around the world,” said Robb Fraley, Ph.D., Monsanto’s chief technology officer.
Monsanto has been working diligently over the past 10 years to develop the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System and bring it to market. “The dedication, effort and number of people that have touched this project has been extraordinary, and demonstrates our continued commitment to bring a range of agriculture solutions to farmers—including game-changing traits like Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton,” said Fraley.