Yesterday (Nov. 9), EPA approved Monsanto’s XtendiMax herbicide with VaporGrip Technology, a low-volatility dicamba herbicide, for in-crop use with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton. This means, pending state approvals, farmers will have the opportunity to use dicamba in the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System in 2017.

Monsanto reports it is in a strong position to supply dicamba demand to support the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System in soybeans and cotton. The company projects more than 15 million soybean acres will be planted with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend  and more than 3 million acres of cotton will be planted with Bollgard II XtendFlex in 2017.

“We’re excited to enable another piece of the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System to farmers in 2017,” says Brett Begemann, Monsanto president and chief operating officer. “Based on the great demand we’ve seen in 2016, we know our farmers are looking forward to the benefits of the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System, including in-crop use of dicamba and glyphosate.”

The Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System is intended to provide farmers with more consistent, flexible control of weeds, especially tough-to-manage and glyphosate resistant weeds, and to help maximize crop yield potential. The system will include Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans, the industry’s first biotech product with tolerance to dicamba and glyphosate herbicides, and Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton, providing tolerance to three herbicides, dicamba, glyphosate and glufosinate.

“We’re pleased that we’ll be able to provide XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology in 2017. It will be an effective and economical weed control tool as part of Roundup Ready PLUS Crop Management Solutions,” shares Ryan Rubischko, North America dicamba portfolio lead. “XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology introduces a step-change reduction in volatility potential compared to dicamba formulations currently on the market today.

“With the EPA’s approval of XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology, we will build on our existing education programs and best management practices using XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology in-crop with the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System.”

To stay up to date on state registrations and the latest information on the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System, visit visit RoundupReadyXtend.com.

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