Cotton Companies Prepare to Capitalize on Dicamba-Tolerant Technology

DNA Cotton

Although Monsanto’s highly anticipated Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton trait hit a snag in May, seed company representatives are still abuzz about its eventual release. And Deltapine isn’t the only brand touting the benefits of the technology.

As part of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System, the Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton trait features dicamba-tolerant technology, opening up a new mode of action for farmers struggling with resistant weeds. But USDA announced in May 2013 that it would conduct an environmental impact study on both the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System and Dow’s 2,4-D-tolerant Enlist Weed Control System technology.

At the time, USDA released a statement saying the study is being conducted to “better inform decision making” regarding the two new weed management systems. Because there is no timetable set for completion of the study, representatives from Dow and Monsanto aren’t sure if they will be able to proceed with their scheduled introductions of the technology into the cotton market. Initially, Bollgard II XtendFlex was set to be introduced in 2015, while the Enlist Weed Control System was slated to follow in 2016.

In the meantime, the companies aren’t sitting on their hands. Both Dow and Monsanto have set out to educate growers about how to properly utilize their coming technologies. And other seed companies are preparing to capitalize on the technology as well.

“We could have a minimum of five varieties with Bollgard II XtendFlex technology when it becomes available, possibly as soon as 2015,” says Terry Campbell, Americot general manager. “We’ve been in Monsanto’s IT program for years. So next year will be fun, hosting several regional events looking at our new lines with this technology. Of course, it will be regulated status, but it will be fun.”

Other Americot representatives share in Campbell’s excitement. Americot Director of Technical Services Ken Legé, says the technology will be intergressed into some high-performing Americot varieties.

“You’ll have three herbicide choices in some of our elite variety lines, so we’re very excited about that,” said Legé. “Four of those variety lines are very adapted to the High and Rolling Plains, and then there’s another that will be adapted all the way to the Mid-South and Southeast.”

Legé is quick to point out that the new Bollgard II XtendFlex technology also features Roundup tolerance and Liberty tolerance. The diverse offerings will help growers avoid further herbicide resistance problems, he says.

All-Tex is another seed company that is preparing to make the most of the coming dicamba-tolerant technology. According to Cody Poage, operations manager for All-Tex Seed and Dyna-Gro Seed, the company has been preparing for the new weed trait for years.

“We will have the dicamba-tolerant trait on the market hopefully in 2015. We have it in our varieties now. If it’s available then to the market, then we’ll have it in 2015,” says Poage. “It’s going to be interesting to see how quickly the dicamba-tolerant trait is adapted. I’m sure it will be adapted pretty quick, with all the weed resistance issues farmers are faced with today.”

Leave a Reply

Cotton Production Stories
Production Outlook / Acreage

Holding Their Ground Against Pigweed

July 7, 2015

Cotton growers in northeastern Alabama are working hard to keep pigweed in check – often by any means possible.

Production Outlook / Acreage

USDA to Update Texas Cotton Acres Info

July 6, 2015

Due to weather delays that left a portion of cotton acres yet to be planted in Texas, USDA will collect updated information in July to help determine if the state’s numbers in the recent Acreage report need to be revised.

Planting

El Nino Weather Good for High Plains Cotton

May 12, 2015

The Texas High Plains are benefitting from the current El Nino weather pattern. And that’s good news for this year’s cotton crop.

Cotton Production

Making the Most of What He Has

May 5, 2015

On his cotton farm near Stanton, TX, Johnny Louder takes each challenge in stride.

Planting

Don’t Let Early Season Thrips and Weed Management Impact Seedling Vigor

April 17, 2015

Increased challenges in early season thrips and weed management can potentially impact the value of vigorous cotton seedling growth.

Planting

Late Cotton Burndown Strategies

April 15, 2015

With cotton planting set to begin soon, many growers are looking for burndown options for their cotton acres.

Planting

Choose Proper Seeding Rate for Optimum Plant Populations

April 15, 2015

With cotton planting ready to begin, it’s important for growers to keep the difference between seeding rates and plant populations in mind.

Around The Gin
Product News

On-Farm Research Helps Ease Grower Questions About Enlist System

July 31, 2015

Southern cotton and soybean growers who have worked with the Enlist Weed Control System in on-farm research plots are now sharing their experiences.

Product News

Nufarm Introduces Panther SC Herbicide

July 24, 2015

Nufarm is introducing Panther SC herbicide, a new broad-spectrum herbicide for use in cotton and other Southern row crops.

Product News

USDA Deregulates Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist Cotton Trait

July 23, 2015

The USDA has deregulated Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist cotton trait in the United States.

Product News

Ratting Out Copper Theft

June 10, 2015

A simple alarm technology is helping to stop copper thieves who target irrigation systems.

Product News

EPA Approves New Premix for 2016 for Cotton, Soybean Weed Control

May 29, 2015

Cotton and soybean growers will have a new weed control option in 2016 with Warrant Ultra Herbicide, a premix of acetochlor and fomesafen.

Product News

Deltapine NPE Program Begins Eighth Year of On-Farm Variety Evaluation

April 28, 2015

Nearly 200 farmers will be part of the Deltapine New Product Evaluator program this year to help evaluate cotton variety candidates for the Deltapine Class of 16.

Product News

EPA Approves Enlist Duo Herbicide for Use in Additional States

April 2, 2015

The EPA has approved Enlist Duo herbicide for use in nine additional states, including four in the Cotton Belt.

Product News

New 2015 CROPLAN Cotton Varieties Feature Bollgard II XtendFlex Technology

March 19, 2015

WinField is adding Monsanto’s new Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton trait to two new CROPLAN cotton varieties for 2015.

Latest News
Production Outlook / Acreage

Holding Their Ground Against Pigweed

July 7, 2015

Cotton growers in northeastern Alabama are working hard to keep pigweed in check – often by any means possible.

Production Outlook / Acreage

USDA to Update Texas Cotton Acres Info

July 6, 2015

Due to weather delays that left a portion of cotton acres yet to be planted in Texas, USDA will collect updated information in July to help determine if the state’s numbers in the recent Acreage report need to be revised.

Planting

NC State: PGR Management Considerations

June 17, 2015

Side-dressing could help spur vigorous cotton growth, especially with timely rain. According to the NC State Extension cotton team, it’s time to start PGR management plans.

Planting

El Nino Weather Good for High Plains Cotton

May 12, 2015

The Texas High Plains are benefitting from the current El Nino weather pattern. And that’s good news for this year’s cotton crop.

Cotton Production

Making the Most of What He Has

May 5, 2015

On his cotton farm near Stanton, TX, Johnny Louder takes each challenge in stride.

Disease Control / Nematodes

New Cotton Webcasts Focus on Seedling Diseases and Soil Fertility

April 29, 2015

Two new webcasts focusing on seedling diseases and soil fertility have been added to the Focus on Cotton online webcast resource.

Planting

Don’t Let Early Season Thrips and Weed Management Impact Seedling Vigor

April 17, 2015

Increased challenges in early season thrips and weed management can potentially impact the value of vigorous cotton seedling growth.

Planting

Late Cotton Burndown Strategies

April 15, 2015

With cotton planting set to begin soon, many growers are looking for burndown options for their cotton acres.

Planting

Choose Proper Seeding Rate for Optimum Plant Populations

April 15, 2015

With cotton planting ready to begin, it’s important for growers to keep the difference between seeding rates and plant populations in mind.

Planting

Cotton Variety Test Comparisons Now Available Online

April 8, 2015

Cotton Incorporated and Extension cotton specialists have partnered with SeedMatrix to make cotton variety yield test comparisons easily accessible to producers via computer, smartphone or tablet.

Planting

Enlist Joins the Flag the Technology Program

April 7, 2015

Dow AgroSciences plants its flag to help avoid mis-applications among herbicide technologies.

Planting

Soil Testing Still the Cornerstone for Fertilization Programs

March 30, 2015

In times of lower commodity prices and stable-to-higher input costs, the right fertilization program should still begin with soil testing.

Planting

Choose the Right Mix for Spring Burndown

March 19, 2015

Judging by the phone calls he’s receiving, Tom Barber, University of Arkansas Extension weed scientist, says that burndown applications are at the top of growers’ priority lists.

Planting

Georgia Cotton Enterprise Budgets for 2015 Available Online

March 13, 2015

The University of Georgia has posted its 2015 Cotton Enterprise Budgets online to provide guides to cotton growers for planning and decision making.

Cotton Production

Tennessee Cotton Quick Facts Publication Now Online

February 17, 2015

The new 2015 Tennessee Cotton Quick Facts publication is now available online.