USDA Approves Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System
USDA has given approval to Monsanto’s dicamba-tolerant trait technologies – Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton. USDA indicated that its decision will be published in the Federal Register in the near future. Company officials say these products will give farmers more options to manage tough-to-manage broadleaf weeds.
“Weeds represent a key pest to agriculture operations around the world and limit crops of much-needed nutrients, sunlight, and access to available water resources,” said Robb Fraley, Monsanto’s chief technology officer in a company press release. “We’re excited to provide additional tools that can help improve efficiencies on farm and support farmers in bringing more food to harvest for consumers.”
Monsanto has been working over the last 10 years to develop the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System and bring it to market. To prepare for commercialization and to further enhance growers' experience with the technology, Monsanto trained more than 7,500 growers, retail partners, and stakeholders on weed management.
Company officials say commercial intentions will be announced in the near future.