Helping farmers protect their crops from troublesome weeds is a key focus for Monsanto. Weeds steal sunlight, water, and nutrients from crops and can ruin a harvest. To effectively manage weeds, farmers need access to a variety of crop protection tools.

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Helping farmers protect their crops from troublesome weeds is a key focus for Monsanto. Weeds steal sunlight, water, and nutrients from crops and can ruin a harvest. To effectively manage weeds, farmers need access to a variety of crop protection tools.

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Dicamba and XtendiMax® with VaporGrip® Technology

XtendiMax® with VaporGrip® Technology (“XtendiMax”) is Monsanto’s latest dicamba-based herbicide offering to help soybean and cotton farmers control weeds, including the infamous Palmer Amaranth (aka “pigweed”). An individual pigweed can grow quickly to 10-feet tall and can produce half a million seeds that will infest farm fields if left uncontrolled. In fact, pigweeds can lead to 79 percent yield loss in soybeans if left uncontrolled.1

Early reports of 2018 applications made with XtendiMax® Herbicide with VaporGrip® Technology show that farmers are having positive experiences with the technology this season. Growers have shared that the mandatory training sessions held earlier this year were helpful and that they look forward to using the technology in-crop throughout the season. We’re encouraged by that feedback, especially given the success most of our customers experienced with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® Soybeans and Bollgard II® XtendFlex® Cotton last year.

Soybean growers surveyed reported 97 percent weed control satisfaction with XtendiMax. This season, we have good order strength, and U.S. farmers are on track to plant nearly 50 million acres of dicamba-tolerant soy and cotton, more than doubling last year’s figures.

 

Testimonials

Hear from farmers who are experiencing the benefits of the Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System in their own unique fields.

What farmers say

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Testimonials

Hear from farmers who are experiencing the benefits of the Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System in their own unique fields.

What farmers say

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History of Advancement

The Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System is built on a history of agriculture advancements and excellence. Explore how each industry breakthrough has led to providing farmers with the latest solutions for today’s needs.

Witness the innovation

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History of Advancement

The Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System is built on a history of agriculture advancements and excellence. Explore how each industry breakthrough has led to providing farmers with the latest solutions for today’s needs.

Witness the innovation

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Topics of discussion

Click on the videos below to hear growers share their experiences with dicamba technology and the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System.

Hear more stories from our growers here.

Preparing for a Successful 2018 Growing Season

Growers are prepared to have even more success with XtendiMax in 2018, and early reports from the field have been positive. Based on learnings from the 2017 season, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made some enhancements to the XtendiMax product label. The enhancements, which were proposed by Monsanto, include mandatory training, new record keeping requirements, and a Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) designation, which will limit sale and use to certified applicators or those acting under their supervision.

In preparation for this season, Monsanto, other registrants, state ag departments and universities trained more than 94,000 applicators and growers on the label requirements for low-volatility dicamba products. It’s clear that these training sessions had a positive effect, and we’re hearing that from applicators and growers across the countryside.

Beyond training, we are taking a variety of steps to help our customers use XtendiMax successfully in 2018, including:

  • Launched the new RR Xtend Spray App to help customers avoid problematic weather
  • Distributed more than 1,000,000 label-complaint spray nozzles to customers at no cost
  • Setup the 1-844-RR-XTEND technical support call center as a resource for applicators

As of June 2018, the RR Xtend Spray App has been downloaded more than 15,000 times. Following is a video of Monsanto employees explaining the app's features.

More Collaboration and Dialogue in 2018

Collaboration among the agriculture community is key to the success of any new agricultural technology, including XtendiMax. Monsanto is fully committed to ensuring ample opportunity for dialogue and information sharing in 2018. Monsanto is providing grants and sponsorships to several Land Grant Universities across soybean- and cotton-producing states to support various weed management research and education. We are working with 13 university programs to further evaluate VaporGrip® Technology and reaffirm the low volatility profile under various localized conditions. We are also supporting multi-faceted weed management trials at 21 universities. Click here for more details. Stay tuned to this webpage for regular updates.

Comprehensive Testing of our Dicamba Product

Dicamba, the active ingredient in XtendiMax, was first approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1967 and has been used by farmers, homeowners, and others to control weeds for decades. XtendiMax, which was approved for use by the EPA in November 2016, is unique because it reduces volatility potential by 90 percent compared to the older dicamba-based products.

Before it was approved for use, XtendiMax was comprehensively tested to ensure it could be used safely and effectively. These tests were conducted according to Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) standards, which is considered among the highest standard of scientific testing in the world. These tests confirmed the significant reduction in volatility compared to previous generations of dicamba products.

Monsanto continues to conduct field trials of XtendiMax® with VaporGrip® Technology in a wide range of soil types and environmental conditions. We've completed a 36-acre field trial in Australia focused on measuring flux (i.e., volatility) under extreme temperature conditions and for larger spray acreages. Consistent with previous GLP studies conducted in the US, the results clearly show—even under extreme environmental conditions—volatility is not a significant contributor to off-target movement when XtendiMax is used according to the label requirements. Click here for the detailed results. We also have trials underway in Arizona, Nebraska, Missouri, North Dakota, Illinois, and Minnesota. Check back soon for more trial results.

Stay Tuned to this Webpage

We will update Monsanto.com/dicamba regurally as developments occur during the 2018 season. We also invite you to follow @RRXtend for updates via Twitter.