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Roundup Ready corn to reach 40% of US corn acres

Agriculture.com Staff 04/04/2006 @ 1:17pm

Roundup Ready Corn 2 is expected to be planted on more than 32 million acres this season, or about 40% of U.S. corn acres, according to Monsanto. That's up from a record 24 million acres in 2005.

John Jansen, Monsanto marketing manager for Roundup Ready Corn 2, attributes the brand's rapid adoption to weed control, crop safety and the flexibility to manage weeds around the weather. "Weather continues to be the biggest risk factor farmers face," Jansen said in a release. "What started out as a good, moist spring last year turned hot and dry, especially in places like Illinois and Indiana. The opposite was true in parts of Ohio. Regardless of wet or dry conditions, I think a lot of farmers found that the Roundup Ready Corn 2 System provided the flexibility for early-season weed control with the ability to come back with Roundup agricultural herbicide through 48-inch corn, should Mother Nature force you to do that."

To help achieve that early-season weed control, weed scientists also recommend that farmers use a residual herbicide then follow with Roundup agricultural herbicide for a broad spectrum of weed control and crop safety.

According to Monsanto, 2005 grower on-farm trials showed that the Roundup Ready Corn 2 System (Roundup agricultural herbicides on Roundup Ready Corn 2) yielded approximately 6 bushels per acre more than conventional herbicide programs used over the same hybrid.

Roundup Ready Corn 2 is expected to be planted on more than 32 million acres this season, or about 40% of U.S. corn acres, according to Monsanto. That's up from a record 24 million acres in 2005.

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