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Deltapine to provide the "why" along with the how-to during Xtend Your Dicamba Knowledge Seminar at Mid-South Farm and Gin Show.

Forrest Laws

February 6, 2017

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Ty Fowler, left, and Eric Best, both with Monsanto, visit at the 2017 Beltwide Cotton Conferences in Dallas.

Farmers attending the “Xtend Your Dicamba Knowledge Seminar” at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show in Memphis, Tenn., March 3, will receive more than another how-to session on applying new herbicides on dicamba-tolerant crops.

“Our goal with the Xtend Your Dicamba Knowledge Seminar is to make sure we’re offering a broad, comprehensive look at the entire Roundup Ready Xtend crop system,” says Ty Fowler, Monsanto’s technical development manager for cotton traits.

“We have focused a lot of training, if not all of our training, for the past two or three years on the application requirements and the stewardship practices we need growers to adopt for making dicamba applications. But we really haven’t taken that whole look at the system. We’ve talked about the dos and the don’ts, but we haven’t talked about the why.”

As most growers know, EPA granted Monsanto a Section 3 label for application of its new XtendiMax herbicide with VaporGrip technology over the top of Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans Roundup Xtend cotton for the 2017 growing season.

Deltapine is sponsoring the Xtend Your Dicamba Knowledge Seminar at 10:45 a.m. on the opening day of the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tenn. It will be held in the Steamboat Room on the Mezzanine Level of the Convention Center.

“We want to take this time to, again, reinforce good stewardship practices around the use of dicamba, but also to show growers what the efficacy and the benefits of the system are,” said Dr. Fowler.

“We’ll talk about what makes the system work; what’s an effective use of the technology; how to be a good steward of the technology. It will bring in a wealth of information.”

Larry Steckel, Extension weed scientist with the University of Tennessee, will be the lead-off speaker for the seminar. “Dr. Steckel will discuss his experience with the system from a weed control standpoint and talk about best management practices for making use of the technology,” said Fowler.

“We’ll also have Dr. Darrin Dodds from Mississippi State University who will be speaking about the approved formulations of dicamba that can be used in the Xtend system; his experience with those formulations and with products that aren’t going to be labeled; and why they aren’t going to be labeled.”

Dr. Fowler will provide an update on label guidelines for spraying XtendiMax herbicide with VaporGrip technology and application requirements. Monsanto is anticipating additional EPA registration actions on tank-mix partners with XtendiMax and spray tip nozzles that can be used to apply the herbicide.

Chris Porter, a producer from Matthews, Mo., will speak on his experiences with applying the herbicide under a special use permit during the 2014 and 2015 crop seasons.

For more information on the technology and application requirements, visit

About the Author(s)

Forrest Laws

Forrest Laws spent 10 years with The Memphis Press-Scimitar before joining Delta Farm Press in 1980. He has written extensively on farm production practices, crop marketing, farm legislation, environmental regulations and alternative energy. He resides in Memphis, Tenn. He served as a missile launch officer in the U.S. Air Force before resuming his career in journalism with The Press-Scimitar.

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