A delegation from Stine attended the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) convention in Chicago in early December, where much discussion focused on new soybean technologies that will be available in the coming years. Stine is already committed to licensing these technologies, which will give growers additional weed control options packaged in premium, high-yielding genetics.
The new technologies include:
- Enlist E3 Soybeans, another offering in the Enlist Weed Control System portfolio. Enlist E3 will feature three herbicide tolerant genes stacked together, including a new 2, 4-D choline, glyphosate and glufosinate. Growers will be able to spray Enlist Duo herbicide with Colex-D Technology over the top of Enlist soybeans, which has minimized potential for drift and near-zero volatility. Pending regulatory approval, E3 Soybeans are expected to be available in 2015.
- FG72 Soybeans pair high-yielding elite genetics with a double herbicide tolerant trait stack providing tolerance to glyphosate and isoxaflutole, which is the active ingredient in Bayer’s Balance Bean herbicide. Both glyphosate and isoxaflutole are non-volatile chemistries that will not affect adjacent crops. Pending regulatory approval, FG72 soybeans are expected to be available in 2015. FG72 is the current working name for the soybeans. An official brand announcement will be made in late winter 2013.
- The Roundup Ready Xtend crop system,when approved, will feature the industry’s first soybean with tolerance to glyphosate and a reformulated low-volatility dicamba. Developed by Monsanto, the product is expected to be released in 2014.
As more information about these new weed control solutions becomes available, Stine will work to help growers understand their benefits, and best practices for preserving the effectiveness of glyphosate, like rotating chemistries and crops. Watch for more information on this blog and on Facebook and Twitter.