Monsanto Launches Xtend Crop System
For Weed Control And Yield Increase
Monsanto has unveiled its new Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System, which is designed to provide farmers with more consistent, flexible control of weeds, especially tough-to-manage and glyphosate-resistant weeds to maximize crop yield potential.
Pending regulatory approvals, this system is expected to be available to U.S. farmers for the 2014 growing season, consisting of an innovative new soybean trait solution and a next-generation herbicide formulation.
Roundup Ready 2 Xtend is Monsanto’s Genuity soybean trait that includes tolerance to dicamba. This trait will be stacked with the current Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean trait technology. Roundup Xtend is an enhanced dicamba and glyphosate herbicide premix that will enable farmers to manage weeds before planting and as an over-the-top option during the season in conjunction with Roundup Ready Xtend crops.
Once approved, the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System will be available in all Monsanto soybean brands and broadly licensed to independent seed companies.
Although soybean farmers will have first access to Roundup Ready Xtend crops and Roundup Xtend herbicide, Monsanto also plans to have a followup introduction for cotton with Bollgard II RR Xtend with Liberty Link. In addition to glyphosate tolerance, this Genuity cotton product would provide producers with dicamba and glufosinate tolerance, pending regulatory approvals.
For more information, go to www.monsanto.com.
John Deere Introduces Mobile Weather System
For private and commercial applicators who need precise weather information in order to make proper product application and other weather-related decisions, John Deere has introduced John Deere Mobile Weather.
Mobile Weather uses a third-party weather sensor connected to the Application Controller 1120 to display real-time weather information, including wind speed and direction, Delta T and temperature and relative humidity on the John Deere GreenStar 2 or GreenStar 3 displays.
However, only the GreenStar 3 2630 display is capable of documenting (recording) weather data, which can be transferred to Apex or other third party farm management software for analysis and record keeping.
For more information about John Deere Mobile Weather, contact your local John Deere dealer, AMS specialist or visit www.JohnDeere.com.
Industry Dealing With Low Cottonseed Prices
Lower cotton acreages, a persistent Texas drought and a recent dip in cottonseed prices add up to the following advice for dairy producers: Check prices now and consider locking in at reasonable prices for the balance of 2012.
According to Larry Johnson of Cottonseed, LLC, La Crosse, Wis., dairy producers may be able to purchase whole cottonseed from March through December at considerably lower pricing than 90 days ago.
“For example, in the Memphis North market, we recently traded cottonseed in the $225-240 range, about $65-85 per ton lower than in December,” says Johnson.
Tom Wedegaertner, director of agricultural research at Cotton Incorporated, says producers need to weigh the market factors: “It’s possible that we could actually have a larger supply of cottonseed in 2012 compared to 2011, despite an anticipated 7.5 percent reduction in acres, but the fate of that supply hinges largely on the weather in Texas.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s March 6 Drought Monitor reported “mounting lack of precipitation” in western Texas and the Texas Panhandle – a stark reminder of 2011, which saw the cotton crop – and its prized seed – shrivel under extreme drought.
Regularly checking cottonseed prices is “just good practice,” Wedegaertner adds. Cotton Incorporated launched the Cottonseed Marketplace last year to aid the process. Using one simple form at WholeCottonseed.com, producers can request quotes from multiple merchants.
Delta Council To Host Annual Meeting
Delta Council President Bowen Flowers of Clarksdale, Miss., has announced that the organization’s 77th Annual Meeting will be conducted on Friday, May 11. The Annual Meeting of the Delta’s regional business and agriculture organization will be at Delta State University’s Bologna Performing Arts Center in Cleveland, Miss. Delta Council will be releasing more information in the upcoming weeks about the meeting.
Sponsors include: BankPlus, Catfish Farmers of Mississippi, Cotton Incorporated, Jimmy Sanders, Inc., Mississippi Corn Promotion Board, Mississippi Rice Promotion Board, Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board and Southern Ag Credit/Mississippi Land Bank.