DECATUR, Ill. — The commercial release of the industry’s first triple-stack soybean trait is expected for 2020.
Bayer’s XtendFlex soybeans will be tolerant to glyphosate, dicamba and glufosinate.
“We’re really excited about this trait launch because of the extra flexibility that it will give farmers for their resistant and tough to manage weeds as this trait will have tolerance to three different modes of action,” said Lisa Streck, Bayer North American soybean launch lead.
The commercial release is pending on approval by the European Union. China, Philippines and other relevant export partners already have approved XtendFlex soybeans.
University researchers have found weeds that have development resistance to multiple modes of action, often in the same plant. With tolerance to three herbicides, farmers will gain another pre-emergence or post-emergence option in managing tough-to-control weeds, including waterhemp, Palmer amaranth and marestail.
“That’s one of the reasons we’re excited about this trait is because of the extra flexibility that it will provide farmers where they can have multiple modes of action on their fields to help control weed resistance as that continues to be a challenge for many farmers,” Streck said.
The Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans launched a few years ago not only provided tolerance to both dicamba and glyphosate herbicides, it didn’t sacrifice yields for the additional trait. Streck added that the new triple-stack continues that trend.
“The XtendFlex soybeans are built on the proven performance of our Roundup Ready Xtend. We’ve had Ground Breaker program trials out this summer and we have gotten a lot of positive feedback from our growers on what they’re seeing in their fields and are anxiously awaiting results this fall,” she said.