Planning Time: Dicamba-Tolerant Crop Decisions

Randy Brown, Ph.D.
Senior Manager – Lead, Regional Agronomists
As the 2017 season winds down, it’s time to evaluate opportunities for next year, including the Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System. The majority of farmers who used this system in 2017 experienced tremendous success, with both excellent weed control and yields. However, as with any new technology, there are lessons to be learned for the coming year.
 
To help farmers and applicators better understand how to effectively implement the Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System, WinField United has created an ongoing series of interactive face-to-face conversations called Acres of Insights. During these sessions, we’ll share insights from this season and the immense amount of data we’ve compiled from thousands of acres of learning.
 
Acres of Insights Topics
At the first meeting, we’ll discuss 2017 Answer Plot® data and how this could affect 2018 planning decisions. Experts will review the latest in seed trait genetics and weed resistance management, and we’ll engage retailers and farmers in a two-way dialogue to answer questions and prepare for the 2018 growing season.
 
Discussions will include opportunities and challenges posed by the Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System, best management practices for next season and the October 13, 2017, EPA enhancements to the XtendiMax® with VaporGrip® Technology product label. The conversation will continue at WinField United spray clinics this winter.
 
2017 Successes
With few options left to control a number of resistant weeds, the Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System was welcomed by thousands of farmers across the country. While reports of crop damage in some areas around treated soybean fields grabbed the headlines, significant benefits with the system were realized by the majority of users, including excellent weed control and better yield potential. Although 2017 Answer Plot® data is just starting to be tallied, early regional yield results for Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans have been positive.*
 
System Enhancements for 2018
Where soybean plant injuries were observed, thorough investigations are underway to determine the causes. At this point, evidence is pointing to factors such as applications of non-approved products, lack of compliance with labeled spray requirements and improper tank cleaning as some of the reasons for crop response. WinField United and Monsanto are continuing to work with farmers, weed scientists, applicators, retail partners and regulators to understand what they’re seeing and determine how to make adjustments for a successful 2018 season.
 
Watch for more information on upcoming Acres of Insights sessions near you. We hope to see you at upcoming meetings.
 
 
*Because of factors outside of Winfield Solutions' control, such as weather, product application, and any other factors, results to be obtained, including but not limited to yields, financial performance, or profits, cannot be predicted or guaranteed by Winfield Solutions. Results are based upon controlled test and field trials.  Actual results may vary.
 
WinField United is a trademark and WinField and Answer Plot are registered trademarks of Winfield Solutions, LLC. © 2017 Winfield Solutions, LLC.  All Rights Reserved.
 
XtendiMax® herbicide with VaporGrip® Technology is a restricted use pesticide. XtendiMax® herbicide with VaporGrip® Technology is not registered in all states and may be subject to use restrictions in some states. The distribution, sale, or use of an unregistered pesticide is a violation of federal and/or state law and is strictly prohibited. Check with your local Monsanto dealer or representative for the product registration status in your state.
 
ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW DIRECTIONS FOR USE ON PESTICIDE LABELING. IT IS A VIOLATION OF FEDERAL AND STATE LAW to use any pesticide product other than in accordance with its labeling. NOT ALL formulations of dicamba or glyphosate are approved for in-crop use with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans, Bollgard II® XtendFlex® or XtendFlex® cotton. ONLY USE FORMULATIONS THAT ARE SPECIFICALLY LABELED FOR SUCH USES AND APPROVED FOR SUCH USE IN THE STATE OF APPLICATION. XTENDIMAX® HERBICIDE WITH VAPORGRIP® TECHNOLOGY AND IN CROP USES MAY NOT BE APPROVED IN ALL STATES. Contact the U.S. EPA and your state pesticide regulatory agency with any questions about the approval status of dicamba herbicide products for in-crop use with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans, Bollgard II® XtendFlex® or XtendFlex® cotton. 
 
Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans contains genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate and dicamba. Bollgard II® XtendFlex® cotton contains genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate, dicamba and glufosinate. Glyphosate will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. Dicamba will kill crops that are not tolerant to dicamba.
 
Glufosinate will kill crops that are not tolerant to glufosinate. Contact your Monsanto dealer or refer to Monsanto's Technology Use Guide for recommended weed control programs. 
 
Individual results may vary, and performance may vary from location to location and from year to year. This result may not be an indicator of results you may obtain as local growing, soil and weather conditions may vary. Growers should evaluate data from multiple locations and years whenever possible.
 
ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS. Bollgard II®, Genuity®, Monsanto and Vine Design®, Roundup Ready 2 Yield®, Roundup Ready 2 Xtend®, XtendFlex®, XtendiMax® and Vaporgrip® are trademarks of Monsanto Technology, LLC
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