The ag world is buzzing with the news of this week’s court ruling blocking the sale of in-season applications of dicamba in soybeans. While this is still early in the process and a lot could change, we know many growers have questions.
To RR2 Xtend growers:
- As it stands, applying dicamba (XtendiMax, Engenia, FeXapan) in-season to soybeans would now be a label violation.
- It is uncertain what the future will look like for dicamba use.
- This ruling does not include Syngenta’s Tavium dicamba product. We are still waiting to hear if that will also be restricted.
- Using a high rate of Glyphosate will be important. It still controls a majority of our regional weeds very well.
- The use of residual products in-season will be more important this year. Consider the Group 15 type products: Warrant, Dual, Outlook, etc.
- There are several effective tank-mix options for handling tough weeds. Adam put together this quick reference guide based on NDSU’s 2020 Weed Guide. Feel free to print or screenshot to keep at the ready when decisions need to be made. You can also download NDSU’s 2020 Weed Guide.
To Enlist E3, LLGT27, LibertyLink, and RR2 Yield growers:
- This ruling does not have an impact on these traits.
- Growers can treat these fields as they always have, with confidence.
As an independent seed company, we’re proud to provide options to our growers. So, despite this news, we will continue to evaluate the XtendFlex soybeans which are expected to receive EU approval soon. These varieties will be in several GOPlots this summer and we are excited to see their potential. We expect to have small quantities available in 2021.
But for now, we’re here to help you through the field management decisions that need to be made given this news. If you’re looking for more information, Bayer has created a webpage to communicate the latest developments. Click here to learn more.
As always, please reach out to me or our office with any questions or thoughts. Our door is always open and the farmer always comes first.