The wait is over for Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans. Monsanto announced today it will commercially launch the dicamba-tolerant technology for soybeans this year after receiving Chinese import approval.
“After a decade of development, the new and elite germplasm in Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans can provide growers with outstanding performance in their efforts to produce the best crop possible,” said Brett Begemann, Monsanto president and chief operating officer.
Monsanto’s Asgrow, Channel and regional brands, along with Corn States licensees, expect to introduce more than 70 soybean products across eight maturity groups with agronomic traits including resistance to nematodes and phytophthora root rot. Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans are broadly licensed to more than 100 seed brands.
“Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans are built on the same high-yielding germplasm as Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans, which continue to deliver a greater than four bushel per acre advantage as compared to the original Roundup Ready soybeans,” said Miriam Paris, Monsanto U.S. soybean marketing manager, in a prepared statement.
There’s a hitch, though. Although Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans tolerates both glyphosate and dicamba herbicides, the use of dicamba herbicide over the top of Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans remains in late stage of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) review and is not currently approved by the EPA. Monsanto has two new dicamba formulations in the works. Roundup Xtend, a glyphosate-dicamba premix and Roundup XtendiMax is a stand-alone dicamba formulation. BASF’s Engenia herbicide is another new low-volatility dicamba herbicide that can be used in the system.