The wait is over. The Roundup Ready® (RR) 2 Xtend® soybean system is now ready to go with the recent approval of the XtendiMax™ herbicide label. "We have a federal EPA label now," said Kevin Carlson, Federated's senior agronomist, adding that Minnesota's approval was just granted, and Wisconsin's should be soon to follow.
A news release from Monsanto™ said, "[The] U.S. EPA registered XtendiMax™ herbicide with VaporGrip™ Technology for in-crop use with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans."
Monsanto further stated:
"Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans contains genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate and dicamba . . . XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology will provide a new tool in the fight against weeds. The Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System enables the in-crop use of approved dicamba and glyphosate formulations; the chemistries have different modes of action providing a broad spectrum of weed control.
"XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology introduces a step-change reduction in volatility potential compared to dicamba formulations currently on the market today, that will help
control glyphosate resistant and tough to control weeds in your Roundup
Ready 2 Xtend soybeans."
Carlson said, "The new label answers the unsettled questions about the Xtend2 soybeans," adding, "If you are interested in trying [RR 2 Xtend soybeans], get your orders in, especially if you have challenging weed control issues." While supplies of the new soybeans appear to be good, "never say never," Carlson stressed.
RR 2 Xtend soybeans are recommended for fields with glyphosate-resistant waterhemp and giant ragweed, or in reduced till situations, according to Carlson.
Additional information will soon be available on pricing, parameters, setbacks, buffers, etc. for the new herbicide. "There will be buffers," said Carlson, "tentatively a 110 ft. buffer downwind to a sensitive crop or feature." Stay tuned.
Be sure to talk to your Federated Agronomist with any questions about the RR 2 Xtend soybean system. And place your orders soon.