St. Louis--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ST. LOUIS (January 21, 2015) – The cotton industry’s next-generation trait technology has been deregulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, giving American cotton farmers access to new tools for managing tough-to-control weeds.  

A limited introduction of Bollgard II® XtendFlex cotton is planned for the 2015 planting season through Deltapine® as well as select licensees in varieties that fit broadly across the entire cotton belt. Monsanto anticipates the new cotton varieties will be grown on more than half a million acres.

Bollgard II® XtendFlex cotton, part of the Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System, is tolerant to three different herbicides – dicamba, glyphosate and glufosinate. Glyphosate and glufosinate are currently approved for use as in-crop herbicides, while over-the-top dicamba use is pending regulatory approval.

“We are working very closely with farmers during this year’s limited introduction, and we’re taking active steps through multiple avenues to help ensure that growers and retailers are informed of this technology’s authorized and labeled use,” said Jordan Iverson, cotton traits marketing manager at Monsanto Company. “This new cotton technology provides farmers a tremendous value for weed control by adding tolerance to an additional, approved mode of action through Liberty® herbicide. Once authorized, dicamba herbicide will deliver a third mode of action.”

“We’re extremely excited about this introduction and being able to put this technology in the hands of growers,” said Iverson. “Put simply, our mission is to offer tools that help farmers. These new varieties offer high yielding genetics and trusted insect protection, all with some of the most advanced cotton herbicide technology available to help them control tough weeds.”

Since 2013, Monsanto has trained more than 7,500 growers, retail partners and stakeholders on effective and sustainable weed management systems, which includes the Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System. The Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System is an integral part of the Roundup Ready PLUS® Crop Management Solutions that relies on proactive weed management and application practices including the use of residual herbicides, additional post-emergence herbicides with effective multiple modes of action, and offers incentives to use select herbicides that are endorsed through the Roundup Ready PLUS® platform.

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As of October 1, 2014, Bollgard II® XtendFlex cotton has been approved for import in Australia, Mexico and Canada.  Growers should refer to http://www.biotradestatus.com/ for any updated information on import country approvals.

Roundup Ready® crops contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup® brand agricultural herbicides. Roundup® brand agricultural herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate.


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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.

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