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The ultimate flexibility in herbicide applications

Of the many benefits provided by the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System, one that is often left out is the flexibility in herbicide applications: before, during, and after planting.

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Controlling over 350 species of weeds including Palmer amaranth, waterhemp, marestail, velvetleaf, and kochia, the Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System has become the number one soybean trait platform in the industry.1 Built on exceptional germplasm, it offers tolerance to both dicamba and glyphosate herbicides, consistently high yields, and wields one of the best disease packages on the market.

Of all the benefits of the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System for soybeans, one that isn’t discussed as often is the flexibility in herbicide applications: before, during, and after planting.

“Spraying dicamba at planting makes for a powerful pre-emergence program that still provides the full benefits of the dicamba molecule plus the added benefit of up to 14 days of soil activity” said Jim Schwartz, director of PFR and agronomy at Beck’s. “With the power of dicamba in your pre-emergence, you have the freedom to come back with a different chemistry in your post-emergence application.”

With a simple adjustment of your herbicide program, farmers can apply dicamba as a powerful pre-emergent application and achieve the full benefits of the Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System without fear of damaging neighboring crops.


A soybean is only as good as the herbicide system behind it, so developing an effective herbicide program is essential.

Start Clean to Stay Clean. Use an effective tillage program or an appropriate burndown herbicide at the labeled rate eight to 10 days before planting.

Power in the PRE. Using XtendiMax® herbicide with VaporGrip® Technology (22 to 24 fl. oz.), Warrant® herbicide (3 to 4 pt.), and a metribuzin product at planting, or as a pre-emergence application, will give farmers the power to combat glyphosate-resistant grasses and broadleaf weeds with no plant back restrictions. The low-volatility formulation of the XtendiMax® herbicide will also provide up to 14 days of soil activity to help control more weeds versus 2,4-D choline.

Freedom in the POST. “With the freedom to utilize non-dicamba based post-emergent herbicides and still achieve superior weed control, farmers can spray with confidence knowing they are good neighbors and good stewards,” said Schwartz. Making post-emergent applications of Roundup PowerMAX® or Roundup WeatherMAX® (32 fl. oz.) and Warrant® Ultra (50 fl. oz.) when weeds are less than 4 in. tall and within 21 days after emergence is an effective post-emergent weed resistance management strategy without using dicamba.




With the combination of innovative trait technologies and herbicide options, Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans have become the most effective weed management system today. Backed by a best-in-class soybean disease package, a history of genetic advancements, and high-yield potential, the Roundup Ready Xtend System provides farmers the ultimate in weed control and performance.

The Roundup Ready Xtend System is a proven yield leader in all soil types, notably in yield environments 65 Bu./A. or more. In 12,588 head-to-head comparisons, Beck’s Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans out yielded industry varieties by 2.0 Bu./A.2

With 60% market share, a 95% satisfaction rate among farmers using XtendiMax3, and an exciting lineup of next-generation technologies in the pipeline, this system will give farmers unmatched flexibility for years to come.


The Roundup Ready® Xtend System is one of the lowest full system costs available today, and with the added benefit of elite reward programs, farmers can now capitalize on ultimate profit potential.

Bayer Plus Rewards

With the Bayer Plus Rewards program, earn up to $15/A. in rebates on corn and soybean acres just by selecting inputs that will maximize every acre. And with their weed control guarantee, Bayer’s Spray Early with Confidence program helps farmers get the most out of early-season dicamba applications and the assurance of ultimate weed control.

With Beck’s, You Get More

Every Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybean variety in Beck’s lineup comes backed by a Performance Plus discount, a 100% Free Replant guarantee, and the ability to add tangible value to your farm through Beck’s Commitment Rewards program. With the option to add varying levels of elite, proprietary seed treatments to fight nematodes, SDS, and white mold, farmers now have access to the number one soybean trait platform, all at a low system cost.

Contact your local Beck’s representative to learn how to successfully manage your Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybean fields in 2020.

Beck’s is the largest family-owned retail seed company in the United States that serves farmers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. According to a recent seed industry survey, Beck’s ranks as the fourth largest corn and soybean brand in the United States. At their core, all Beck’s employees are Farmers at Heart. It stands for something special. It has soul. It has truth. And it represents a community of farmers, employees, and dealers who strive each day to seek challenges, push boundaries and innovate. Beck’s has, and always will be, proud to serve a community of farmers who love what they do and who are proud to be… Farmers at Heart. For more agronomic new and information, visit Beck’s Agronomy Talk page or blog at BecksHybrids.com


1 Traited acres based on Bayer internal estimates. 2 Beck’s Roundup Ready 2 Xtend varieties versus Pioneer, Asgrow, and Syngenta Roundup Ready 2 Xtend varieties in 12,588 head-to-head comparisons. Includes data from farmer plots, Beck’s research, and third-party data. 3 XtendiMax® with VaporGrip® Technology is a restricted use pesticide / *XtendiMax® herbicide with VaporGrip® Technology Grower Surveys – August 2017 and September 2018 – All growers surveyed were required to have 50+ acres of Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans or cotton with XtendFlex® Technology and treat at least some acres with XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology to qualify. Average of 95% based on results of 97% in 2017 and 93% in 2018. / **5.7 Bu/A average advantage vs. LibertyLink® in herbicide systems trials. 2017 Internal and University Systems Trials (27 locations in 2017 reporting yield data). Significant at P ≤ 0.05 LSD of 1.6 Bu. Data as of November 13, 2017. Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System data = Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans treated with dicamba, glyphosate and various residual herbicides. LibertyLink® system data = LibertyLink® soybeans treated with Liberty® herbicides and various residual herbicides. Performance may vary, from location to location and from year to year, as local growing, soil and weather conditions may vary. Growers should evaluate data from multiple locations and years whenever possible and should consider the impacts of these conditions on the grower’s fields. ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW, IRM, WHERE APPLICABLE, GRAIN MARKETING, STEWARDSHIP PRACTICES AND PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS Glyphosate herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. Dicamba herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to dicamba. XtendiMax® herbicide with VaporGrip® Technology is part of the Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System and is a restricted use pesticide. Roundup Ready 2 Xtend®, XtendiMax®, VaporGrip®, PowerMAX®, WeatherMax®, and Warrant® are trademarks of Bayer Group. Performance may vary.

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