September 2014 Industry News

USDA Accepting Comments On Monsanto’s New Technology

USDA is now accepting public comments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Monsanto’s next generation dicamba-tolerant weed management technologies, Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton. This follows USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announcement that it has completed the draft EIS on Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton. APHIS indicated that its preferred alternative is to deregulate both crops. Monsanto officials believe this is a positive step in the process and anticipate final USDA deregulation by the end of the year. The company is encouraging farmers, dealers and all stakeholders to make their voices heard and weigh in during the public comment period, open until Sept. 25.


Delta Plastics Committed To Reduce Delta’s Water Use

Delta Plastics has joined agriculture and conservation-minded organizations to announce a regional initiative to reduce irrigation water use by 20 percent within the Mississippi Delta by the year 2020. The announcement includes a multi-million dollar product investment that will transform agricultural water use practices across the entire Delta region. Delta Plastics is a major manufacturer of irrigation polytube and has invested millions to develop new innovations in precision agriculture technology to save farmers money and conserve water. For additional information, go to


Dow Introduces App For Enlist Weed Control

Recently unveiled, the Enlist Ahead app offers producers and applicators vital herbicide application information from a single source. The app, designed for use with the Enlist Weed Control System, is a precision agriculture tool for maximizing weed control performance, managing weed resistance and making responsible applications of Enlist Duo herbicide with Colex-D Technology. Regulatory approvals are pending for the Enlist system. The Enlist Ahead app is part of the Enlist Ahead management resource, which provides technology advancements, management recommendations, training and education. Parts of the app are powered by CDMS, a leading provider of software services and agricultural databases. For more information, interested parties can visit


Texas Cotton Association Joins Celebrate Cotton Event

The Texas Cotton Association will join other state industry organizations on Sept. 10-13 in the annual Celebrate Cotton festivities in Lubbock. TCA will kick off its annual Cotton Flow Reception at 7 p.m., on Sept. 11 at the Overton Hotel. The Flow and Marketing Meeting will convene the next morning, Friday, Sept. 12. The Celebrate Cotton football game between Texas Tech and Arkansas will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 13 in a nationally televised clash. A special tailgate party will begin before kickoff at Jones AT&T Stadium. For more details, go to

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