Feb. 3, 2016 — Monsanto Co. announced its commercial launch plans for its Roundup Ready2 Xtend soybeans after it received import approval in China. This technology is now available in the U.S. and Canada in time for the 2016 season.

“After a decade of development, the new and elite germplasm in Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans can provide growers with outstanding performance in their efforts to produce the best crop possible,” says Brett Begemann, Monsanto president and COO.

Monsanto’s Asgrow, Channel and regional brands, along with Corn States licensees, expect to introduce more than 70 soybean products across eight maturity groups with agronomic traits including resistance to nematodes and phytophthora root rot. Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans are broadly licensed to more than 100 seed brands.

Although Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans are tolerant to both glyphosate and dicamba herbicides, the use of dicamba herbicide over the top of Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans remains in late stage of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) review and is not currently approved by the EPA.

Once approved, the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System — including Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton — will offer growers a vital tool for managing tough-to-control and glyphosate-resistant weeds.

“Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans are built on the same high-yielding germplasm as Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans, which continue to deliver a greater than 4-bushel-per-acre advantage as compared to the original Roundup Ready soybeans,” says Miriam Paris, U.S. soybean marketing manager.

Pending dicamba approval, growers will continue to maximize their yield opportunity through the weed management recommendations and incentives provided by Roundup Ready PLUS Crop Management Solutions.”

More information about Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System can be found at www.RoundupReadyPLUS.com/XtendCropSystem.