Monsanto announced its recommendations today (2/29) for the 2016 Roundup Ready PLUS Crop Management Solutions. Additions to last year’s platform include a new, first-of-its-kind tool to fight tough-to-control and herbicide-resistant weeds, as well as new incentives for farmers looking to fight insect pests in their corn crops.
For the last 8 years, Monsanto has joined with universities, grower groups and other stakeholders to emphasize the importance of diversified weed management practices (DWMPs.) One part of a diversified approach, the use of effective overlapping residual herbicides, has become a critical practice for controlling weeds. The Roundup Ready PLUS platform recommends tank-mixing residual herbicides with glyphosate to provide farmers a multiple-sites-of-action (SOA) option for tough-to-control and glyphosate-resistant weeds.
Last year, more than 70,000 farmers participated in Roundup Ready PLUS. The platform was first introduced in fall of 2010, and that year, Monsanto research showed the use of residual herbicides in soybeans was 33 percent. By 2012, 55 percent of soybean farmers applied a residual herbicide in soybeans. In the 2015 growing season, that number had grown to 70 percent.
The 2016 updates include recommendations and incentives for growers planting Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans. Although Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton are tolerant to both glyphosate and dicamba herbicides, the use of dicamba herbicide over the top of Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton is not currently approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and remains in late stage of EPA review. Pending approval, Roundup Ready PLUS recommendations include the in-crop use of products other than dicamba to control weeds. Once approved, the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System will offer growers a vital tool for managing tough-to-control and glyphosate-resistant weeds.
Partners in the Roundup Ready PLUS incentives program include AMVAC, FMC, Syngenta and Valent.
Additions to the Roundup Ready PLUS 2016 incentives are:
Warrant Ultra Herbicide – Soybean and cotton growers have a new, first-of-its-kind option in 2016 with Warrant Ultra Herbicide, a premix of microencapsulated acetochlor and fomesafen. Warrant Ultra Herbicide is the only premix on the market to formulate microencapsulated acetochlor with fomesafen, and provides two sites of action for residual weed control. Fomesafen also provides an additional postemergence SOA for broadleaf weeds such as waterhemp and Palmer amaranth, offering a useful herbicide resistance management tool when used in the Roundup Ready system.
Capture LFR – Capture LFR, from FMC, controls seed and seedling pests such as wireworm, cutworm, grubs, armyworm, seed corn maggot and common stalk borer. Growers earn incentives when they use the recommended rate along with a Roundup brand agricultural glyphosate herbicide in corn. Capture LFR joins FMC’s Hero insecticide and Monsanto’s own Precept Insecticide, a restricted use pesticide, as incentivized insecticides.