Farmers 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.