Monsanto and many of its subsidiaries are commercializing Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ (RR2X) soybeans this spring, and farmers across the U.S. may have ordered or taken delivery of soybean seed containing the trait. Even so, a lack of export approval from the European Union and a lack of approval by EPA for the use of Dicamba on soybeans containing the trait will pose their fair share of challenges for growers in the upcoming season. The American Soybean Association has issued a couple of guidelines for those producers intending to plant the trait and reminding growers who have concerns to work with their seed dealer or retailer to pick a seed that will work for them.
RR2X soybeans are new biotech soybeans that are tolerant to both dicamba and glyphosate herbicides.
Status of Approval in Major Export Markets
Final approval by the EU Commission has been expected for the past few months, is expected soon and before harvest, but, according to ASA, cannot be guaranteed. The American Soybean Association, U.S. Soybean Export Council, Monsanto and others have been working with both EU and U.S. Government officials to press for approval of RR2X and other pending new biotech soybean traits. Chinese import approval of RR2X soybeans was obtained in February, and approvals in other major export markets has also been obtained. Until approval is granted, many elevators, buyers and processors will not be accepting soybeans containing the RR2X trait and growers will need to keep any bushels produced from the plants segregated.
No Dicamba Use Allowed on RR2X Soybeans in the 2016 Growing Season
Growers also should be aware that while RR2X soybeans are tolerant to dicamba and glyphosate herbicides, no dicamba herbicides will be approved for use on RR2X soybeans during the 2016 growing season. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) only recently proposed a draft label for a dicamba product to be used with RR2X soybeans, and this draft label, as well as anticipated labels for low-volatility dicamba herbicide formulations will NOT be finalized until late this summer or fall. The American Soybean Association says any use of a dicamba herbicide on RR2X soybeans in-season during 2016 before final labels are approved by EPA and state officials would be a violation of law.
ASA is reviewing the draft label proposed by EPA and will submit comments on it to EPA. ASA will share its draft comments with state associations and is encouraging individual growers to submit comments on the draft label.Share