Dicamba-Based Technologies

Published in the March 2009 Issue Published online: Mar 07, 2009
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BASF and Monsanto Company announced a new joint-licensing agreement to accelerate the development of the next-generation of dicamba-based weed control chemistry products. Both parties will participate in the development of innovative formulations for dicamba for use with herbicide-resistant cropping systems. Further details of the agreement were not disclosed.

Researchers are able to make herbicide-resistant crops using plant biotechnology and advanced plant breeding to enable farmers to control weeds more efficiently and save time, money and fuel. Crops that are resistant to both Roundup agricultural herbicides and dicamba would represent the next generation of herbicide-resistant crops to deliver significant on-farm benefits. Improved formulations of dicamba are being developed to complement this new combination of herbicide-resistant crops.

Monsanto is working to develop dicamba-resistant soybean and cotton products to combine with its current Roundup Ready products. Both products would provide a new, unique way to control broadleaf weeds, designed to provide growers with an effective and high-yielding weed management system.