Monsanto announced new additions to its 2016 Roundup Ready PLUS Crop Management Solutions recommendations on Feb. 29.
Additions to the Roundup Ready PLUS 2016 incentives:
-Warrant Ultra Herbicide – Soybean and cotton growers have a new 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.
The platform known today as Roundup Ready PLUS began as Cotton Performance PLUS in 2008. Cotton Performance PLUS gave cotton farmers incentives when using residual herbicides in their weed management program. In 2011, the program was expanded to soybeans and corn, and in 2015, insect-management incentives were added.
Monsanto collaborates with university experts, agronomists, grower groups and industry partners to develop the system recommendations.
“The collaborative educational efforts on best management practices – particularly in the area of weed control – are paying off for growers,” said Austin Horn, Monsanto’s Crop Protection Systems marketing manager. “In a year in which farmers are looking to be even more efficient with their inputs, the recommendations, incentives and education provided by Roundup Ready PLUS Crop Management Solutions can help growers maintain clean fields and maximize yield potential.”
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%. By 2012, 55% of soybean farmers applied a residual herbicide in soybeans. In the 2015 growing season, that number had grown to 70%.
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 and remains in late stage of EPA review.
Partners in the Roundup Ready PLUS incentives program include AMVAC, FMC, Syngenta and Valent.
For more information on Roundup Ready PLUS recommendations and incentives, visit RoundupReadyPLUS.com.