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Monsanto announces new weed management "platform"

Agriculture.com Staff 10/19/2010 @ 3:43pm

Monsanto announced a new "platform on weed management," which the company says will help control weeds "in the absence or presence of glyphosate-resistance."
In a statement at the opening of the the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia, the company said: "The Roundup Ready PLUS platform allows farmers to increase the benefits of their Roundup Ready crops by using the best practice recommendations and receiving financial incentives for following the program. The platform is designed to provide effective and sustainable weed control benefits for farmers."
Mike Frank, vice president of Monsanto's crop protection business, said, "We have talked with farmers, weed scientists and others in the industry to develop a set of best management recommendations to control glyphosate-resistant weeds where they exist and reduce the risk of developing these weeds on other fields where farmers are growing Roundup Ready crops. The Roundup Ready PLUS platform was designed to improve on-farm productivity, sustain the benefits of conservation tillage and provide effective weed management," said  "We have assembled a set of recommendations, products and incentives packaged together to bring solutions to the farm."

Weeds targetted by the program include resistant pigweed and tall waterhemp, the company said. Southern cotton farmers who follow the program recommendations are eligible for a rebate of $20 per acre.  Soybean growers following the recommendations are eligible for a rebate of up to $3 per acre "to include qualifying residual herbicides in their weed management plans."

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