February 3, 2016
ST. LOUIS (February 3, 2016) – Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) today announced its commercial launch plans for its Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ soybeans after it received import approval in China. This technology has been highly anticipated by farmers and is now available in the United States and Canada in time for the 2016 season.
“We are pleased to bring Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans to the market,” said Brett Begemann, Monsanto President and Chief Operating Officer. “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.”
Monsanto’s Asgrow®, Channel ® and regional brands, along with Corn States licensees, expect to introduce more than 70 varieties across eight maturity groups with agronomic traits including resistance to nematodes and phythophthora root rot. Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans are broadly licensed to more than 100 seed brands.
Although Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans are tolerant to 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. Once approved, the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System – including Bollgard II XtendFlex Cotton – will offer growers a vital tool for managing tough-to-control and glyphosate-resistant weeds.
Miriam Paris, U.S. Soybean Marketing Manager, says demand for Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ soybeans has been strong. “To date, we’ve had significant pre-orders from farmers and are excited to move forward with commercialization,” she said. “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. Pending dicamba approval, growers will continue to maximize their yield opportunity through the weed management recommendations and incentives provided by Roundup Ready PLUS® Crop Management Solutions.”
More information about Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System can be found at RoundupReadyPLUS.com/XtendCropSystem.
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ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS. Roundup Ready® crops contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup® brand agricultural herbicides. Roundup® brand agricultural herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. Bollgard II®, Genuity®, Respect the Refuge and Cotton Design®, Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™, Roundup Ready 2 Yield®, Roundup Ready® and Roundup® are trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC. Bollgard II® XtendFlex® cotton and Design ©2016 Monsanto Company.