Xtend Soybeans Finally Gain EU Import Approval

image002Farmers using Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans have more options for selling at the end of the year. On Friday, Xtend soybeans gained final approval in the European Union for food/feed use.

Xtend includes dicamba and glyphosate tolerance, which will eventually allow for over-the-top use of both herbicides in soybeans.

“It’s important to remind growers that, at this time, there are still no dicamba formulations registered for in-crop use in the Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans or Bollgard II XtendFlex in the U.S.,” says Miriam Paris, U.S. soybean marketing manager. “The approvals for in-crop use of dicamba are in late stages of review by the EPA and are tracking for a late summer, early fall approval.”

Farmers planning to use Xtend need to wait for final EPA approval before post-spraying dicamba.

Monsanto is preparing to launch the product on about 15 million acres in 2017. The company has also licensed the trait to Pioneer, Syngenta and others.

By Sonja Begemann July 22, 2016 | 10:22 am EDT