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Ground Breakers® Trials

Monsanto’s on-farm trial program,  Ground Breakers®, provides farmers  first-hand experience with pipeline  products under commercial-scale  planting conditions.

This program combines full field and small scale approach to optimize farmers’ experience, training and education opportunities. In 2013, this program will include Ground Breakers® Field Trials Under Permit. Through this effort, approximately 100 growers in 16 states will plant Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ soybeans. Their experience will evaluate the weed control of the system as well as a number of other elements.

genuity_ground_breakers_160x52.jpgOne segment of these growers will have a protocol designed to showcase the Roundup Ready® Xtend™ Crop System as part of the efforts aimed at dealers and retailers, which will be known as Roundup Ready® Learning Xperience. Roundup Ready® Learning Xperience will include 19 site locations across the US. These plots will showcase the weed control benefits, proper system use and application requirements of the Roundup Ready® Xtend™ Crop System, as well as demonstrate the advantages of incorporating dicamba.

The Roundup Ready® Xtend™ Crop System is a technology designed to help maximize weed control through effective and sustainable weed management options.

The crop system will consist of two components:

  • genuity_ground_breakers_gbxf_160x72.jpg genuity_ground_breakers_grr2x_160x72.jpgAn innovative seed product to be branded as Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ for soybeans and Bollgard II® XtendFlex™ for cotton
  • An enhanced low-volatility dicamba and glyphosate herbicide formulation to be branded as Roundup Xtend™ and a straight goods dicamba formulation branded XtendiMax™

Pending regulatory approval, Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ Soybeans will be built on the high-yielding Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybeans technology platform and will help to:

  • Control glyphosate-resistant and other tough-to-control broadleaf weeds
  • Expand your application flexibility before, at and after planting
  • Provide residual weed control up to 14 days on small seeded broadleaf weeds, depending on rainfall and soil conditions. For best results on resistant weeds, follow a program that includes labeled rates of recommended residual, providing an additional mode of action

Looking forward, the Roundup Ready® Xtend™ Crop System will also include Bollgard II® XtendFlex™ Cotton. This technology will be the first triple-stack of herbicide-tolerant technologies in cotton containing Genuity® Roundup Ready® Flex stacked with Dicamba- and Glufosinate-tolerance. Additionally, it will include:

  • Three unique modes of action for the most effective weed management system available
  • Expected to be available with Genuity® Bollgard II® to deliver the same trusted built-in insect protection farmers have grown to trust


Check out Roundup Ready PLUS® Weed Management Solutions for more information about the Roundup Ready® Xtend™ Crop System.





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