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Monsanto launches online weed resistance, planter settings tools

Agriculture.com Staff 04/09/2007 @ 12:12pm

Monsanto has launched an online weed resistance risk assessment program for growers who use Roundup Ready weed control technology. Located at www.weedtool.com, the tool was created to help farmers gauge the risk of developing glyphosate-resistant weeds in their fields.

Monsanto developed the program in cooperation with seven leading universities: Purdue University, University of Nebraska, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, the University of Missouri, Michigan State University, North Carolina State University and Iowa State University.

With the help and advice of university weed science experts, 10 questions were developed as the basis for this farmer field-by-field assessment. After participants answer the field-related questions, they are assigned a risk rating score. Then, their three highest-scoring questions are addressed with corresponding best farming practices designed to help lower their weed resistance risk.

Monsanto's Dekalb corn has added an online planter setting tool to its website to help growers optimize seed placement for each specific seed lot.

By clicking on the "Planter Settings" tab on the left-hand column of www.dekalb.com, growers can input their Dekalb product ID, lot number and planter type. After entering the requested information, they can click on "get results," to be given recommendations specific to their seed lot and planter type.

Planter setting recommendations are based on data collected from planter stands located at Monsanto's Waterman, Illinois, facility. At this location, researchers take individual seed lots and attempt to optimize seed placement for each planter type.

Monsanto has launched an online weed resistance risk assessment program for growers who use Roundup Ready weed control technology. Located at www.weedtool.com, the tool was created to help farmers gauge the risk of developing glyphosate-resistant weeds in their fields.

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