Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Soybeans Gain EU Import Approval

Monsanto plans full-scale launch in the U.S. in 2017.

If you’ve been waiting to plant the dicamba-tolerant Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans with no worries about whether your elevator will take them, you’re much closer than ever.

This morning, Monsanto announced that the European Commission has granted import approval for Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans. Company officials say this allows for import and food/feed use of Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans into the European Union.

The European Commission’s approval follows Monsanto’s February announcement of Chinese import approval. With both the EU and Chinese import approvals and the U.S. EPA in the final stages of review for over-the-top use, Monsanto said in a press release it will have a full system launch in the U.S. in 2017. It anticipates it will be able to supply around 15 million U.S. soybean acres when the selling season arrives.

A full-system launch also is planned for Canadian soybean growers in 2017, given the previous Canadian regulatory approval for Roundup Xtend with VaporGrip Technology and XtendiMax herbicide with VaporGrip Technology.

Roundup Ready 2 Xtend is Monsanto’s newest soybean platform that includes tolerance to dicamba. This new dicamba-tolerant trait is stacked with the current Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean trait technology.

Herbicide Approvals Still Needed

It’s important to note, though, that there are still no dicamba formulations registered for in-crop use Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Soybeans in the U.S. Besides the Monsanto Xtend and XtendiMax formulations, BASF also has a herbicide for this system called Engenia. All are designed to reduce the potential for off-target movement associated with older formulations of dicamba.

“The approvals for in-crop use of dicamba are in the late stages of review by the EPA and are tracking for a late summer, early fall approval,” said Miriam Paris, Monsanto U.S. soybean marketing manager in a press release.


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