Monsanto is advancing toward commercializing Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans, and this year the company will expand its training and education efforts to reach a broader number of growers and geographies. The USDA deregulated Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans in January, and Monsanto anticipates the new technology will be available to growers in 2016 pending necessary regulatory approvals.
Dow AgroSciences has added a flag for the Enlist Weed Control System to the University of Arkansas’ Flag the Technology program. Building on the Roundup Ready system, the Enlist system is a new herbicide-tolerant trait technology that will provide exceptional weed control in corn, soybeans and cotton. Regulatory approvals are pending for Enlist cotton.
The number of U.S. grain elevators, mills and feedlots that will buy a type of biotech corn banned by China has more than doubled since July, indicating growing domestic acceptance for a product seen as a potential risk to international trade.
Since Syngenta and Gavilon Grain, LLC, launched the “Right to Grow” program for Agrisure Duracade in early 2014, the total number of locations that will accept the corn trait has grown quickly, recently surpassing 1,650 locations.
DuPont Pioneer will showcase new tools and services available to growers from its industry-leading professional advisory network at the 2015 Commodity Classic in Phoenix, Ariz. During the trade show, Pioneer will demonstrate a new mobile-enabled agronomy App and a new input management platform available through Encirca services.
Syngenta introduced the Enogen Value Tracker, a new tool for Enogen corn growers designed to simplify grain tracking. Beginning this year, the Enogen Value Tracker - a naturally derived, non-GMO purple tracer trait - will be included in select bags of Enogen hybrids. Syngenta intends to include the Enogen Value Tracker in all bags of Enogen seed over time.