Bayer offers assistance for XtendiMax herbicide application in 2021
Soybean and cotton farmers have a new seed option for 2021 with the introduction of Xtend Flex soybeans that tolerate glyphosate, glufosinate (Liberty), and XtendiMax (dicamba). This is teamed with the new five-year registration for XtendiMax herbicide with VaporGrip Technology (dicamba).
As a result, Bayer is offering a variety of free training options that include:
- Live webinars every Wednesday at 9 a.m. CST through the end of March 2021
- Self-guided online modules
- Limited in-person workshops for customers unable to connect online
Bayer officials say it will continue to offer training up until the application cutoff dates this summer. (The national cutoff date is June 30.)
XtendiMax herbicide remains a restricted use pesticide (RUP), and all certified applicators must undergo annual training to use the technology. “Our convenient online training options, not surprisingly, have been really popular this year,” said Mark Groth, dicamba product stewardship lead, in a Bayer press release. “The webinars allow trainees to ask questions and interact in real time with Bayer weed scientists. We are also providing customer technical support through our 1-844-RRXTEND line to assist with a seamless virtual experience.”
The new EPA-approved product label for XtendiMax herbicide includes the following:
- Requirement that an approved volatility reduction adjuvant (VRA) be tank mixed with XtendiMax herbicide for all applications to further control volatility
- Requirement of a downwind buffer of 240 feet, and 310 feet in areas where listed species are located
- Prohibition of OTT application on soybeans after June 30 and cotton after July 30
- Simplification of the label and use directions so growers can more easily determine when and how to properly apply
Officials for Bayer say it also updated the XtendiMax application requirements.
More resources are available to supplement the trainings and further help ensure growers and applicators understand and can successfully use the technology.
Volatility Reducing Agent
Bayer has enabled the launch of VaporGrip Xtra Agent products that deliver additional VaporGrip Technology to spray tanks for further reduction of potential dicamba volatility.
A list of approved VRAs has also been established.
Bayer is also offering the Bayer Plus Rewards program and an enhanced Spray Early with Confidence program. Bayer Plus Rewards will give qualifying growers using XtendiMax herbicide the opportunity to earn rewards and cash back. Spray Early with Confidence is designed to help growers create effective weed-management programs and provide growers a weed-control guarantee of up to $15 per acre when the programs are followed. The 2021 Spray Early with Confidence program has been enhanced to provide more choice and to offer a 21-day broadleaf weed-control guarantee for growers using XtendiMax herbicide together with a preresidual with two active ingredients.
During the 2021 season, officials for Bayer say it is committed to staying connected with growers and keeping them informed about any new resources, programs, and other developments related to the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System. The RoundupReadyXtend.com website will continue to serve as a central resource for the latest updates and materials, and the 1-844-RRXTEND call center is again open to growers, applicators, and others who have questions or inquiries about applications, potential off-target movement, or weed management. Those who reach out to Bayer through the 1-844-RRXTEND call center will be contacted within 48 hours to arrange a field visit.