A limited introduction of Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton is planned for the 2015 planting season through Deltapine and select licensees in varieties that fit broadly across the entire cotton belt.
The new cotton varieties are projected to be grown on more than half a million acres.
Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton was deregulated by USDA on January 15 and is part of the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System, which offers tolerance 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 from EPA.
“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,” added 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.”
Source – Monsanto