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Monsanto, BASF join forces on new dicamba-based products

Agriculture.com Staff 01/20/2009 @ 8:56am

BASF and Monsanto have announced a new joint-licensing agreement to accelerate the development of dicamba-based weed control products.

Crops resistant to both Roundup and dicamba represent the next generation of herbicide-resistant crops, say company officials. Officials add they are developing improved dicamba formulations to complement this new combination of herbicide-resistant crops.

"We are very excited to actively participate in developing innovative solutions for this next-generation cropping system for growers," says Emmanuel Butstraen, Group Vice President, Global Strategic Marketing, Herbicides, for BASF's Crop Protection division. BASF is currently the largest provider of dicamba and dicamba-based solutions.

"Effective weed control is critical for increasing crop yields to meet the growing global demand for food, feed, and fuel," says Sean Gardner, Monsanto's Global Chemistry lead. "Combining a second type of herbicide resistance with Roundup Ready technology would offer growers multiple tools for weed control though the use of Roundup, dicamba, or combinations of both herbicides."

Monsanto is working to develop dicamba-resistant soybean and cotton products to combine with its current Roundup Ready products. Both products would provide a new, unique way to control broadleaf weeds, designed to provide growers with an effective and high-yielding weed management system, say Monsanto officials.

BASF and Monsanto have announced a new joint-licensing agreement to accelerate the development of dicamba-based weed control products.

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