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Posted 26 March 2015. PMN Crop News.

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Latest genetic and herbicide-resistance packages part of high oleic soy’s future

Source: United Soybean Board Press Release.

Chesterfield, Missouri (March 10, 2015)--A farmer’s weed-management toolbox is always evolving to add diversity, fight arising resistance or utilize the newest technology. Farmers who grow high oleic soybeans can expect the same genetic and herbicide-resistance packages from high oleic varieties that they get from their traditional soybeans.


Today, dicamba and other herbicide resistant soybeans are in the regulatory approval pipeline, offering farmers new modes of action to add to their weed-management plans. Once approved, one or multiple traits may then be stacked with high oleic traits, pending breeding programs and approvals in countries where stacked traits require approval.

The new herbicide-resistant traits will offer farmers the opportunity to maximize crop yield potential by challenging tough weeds. Stacking the traits with high oleic will offer them increased profit opportunities as well.

“Giving commodity and high oleic soybean farmers multiple modes of action for different types of weeds provides more options in raising the most productive crops they can grow,” says Warren Kruger, Monsanto’s North America Soybean Breeding high oleic lead. “Farmers know their weed-management needs, and we want them to choose the chemistries that fit their needs in the field.”

“Weed issues are a limiting factor in productivity, and that’s a large motivating factor for us,” says Kruger. “We want to make these herbicide traits available for high oleic farmers as well.”

DuPont Pioneer plans to do the same. According to André Trépanier, DuPont Pioneer Soybean Marketing Manager, the company “plans to combine the Plenish® high oleic trait with the herbicide-tolerant traits our customers want so farmers can continue to successfully recapture soybean industry market share.”

Seed companies plan to continue delivering on their commitments to provide farmers with the genetic packages they rely on in the field by offering the same herbicide-resistance platform in both commodity and high oleic soybeans. Today’s high oleic farmers also benefit from powerful agronomics and defensive traits from DuPont Pioneer’s Plenish and Monsanto’s Vistive® Gold varieties.

“Soybean farmers want to bring additional value and uses to the soybean industry through high oleic soybeans,” adds Kruger. “We are responsive and receptive to that and are working very hard to ensure high oleic soybeans provide the same herbicide platform as commodity soybeans. Stacking technologies gives high oleic farmers multiple modes of action. High oleic farmers will have the seamless choice of selecting which herbicide they want to apply, or both.”