Ag professionals can learn about Roundup Ready Xtend
"Monsanto wants to prepare retailers and applicators to effectively use the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System to help achieve optimum yield potentials and a high level of efficacy on tough-to-manage and resistant weeds," said Michelle Vigna, Monsanto Roundup Ready Xtend launch manager.
"Our Learning Xperience events will offer training on application requirements, weed control recommendations using herbicides with multiple modes of action and many other key management practices to enhance crop production outcomes."
As usual, universities, manufacturers, other seed companies, ag retailers, etc., are planning events to showcase the latest knowledge, products and expertise for attaining maximum yield and profit potentials. In addition to Monsanto, most major companies will focus on making educational opportunities available this summer, suggested Robert Wolf, Ph.D., application technology specialist, consultant and professor emeritus at Kansas State University. He currently operates Wolf Consulting and Research based in Mahomet, Ill.
Wolf said attendees of training sessions need to search for ones where they will get a jumpstart on application practices required with new seed and herbicide systems including on-target application, drift reduction, proper nozzle selection, boom height and operating speed, as well as tank cleanout procedures and the many components that factor into proper application for effective, sustainable weed control. An important aspect will be proper use and application of dicamba herbicides, which is key to the Monsanto Roundup Ready Xtend seed trait introduction.
"We will need to be more diverse in application approaches, which will change the habits of many people who became too focused on the simplicity of using one herbicide," said Wolf. "Changing application practices will be a challenge for those who have never used diverse application approaches and for people who may have not used them in many years."
He also said, "Everyone involved in using the new technologies will need knowledge about the issues and variables to consider. It's best to prepare now by participating in learning opportunities which will help individuals be ready for widespread use when the technologies advance to the marketplace."
Monsanto has compiled a small list of additional 2013 agronomy events that can be accessed by clicking here.