The European Union (EU) commission has been busy. At the end of July, the group approved three new soybean trait event stacks for food and feed use—Monsanto’s Roundup Ready 2 Xtend and Vistive Gold soybeans and Bayer/MS Technologies’ Balance GT soybeans.
Xtend includes dicamba (group 4) and glyphosate (group 9) tolerances, which will eventually allow for use of both herbicides in soybeans. Farmers planning to use Xtend need to wait for final EPA approval before post-spraying dicamba. Monsanto is preparing to launch the product on approximately 15 million acres in 2017.
Vistive Gold soybeans are high oleic and include glyphosate tolerance. Farmers growing high oleic soybeans won’t need to worry as much about bin mixing with Vistive Gold soybeans. For more information about Xtend and Vistive Gold, visit www.monsanto.com.
Balance GT soybeans will eventually allow farmers to use HPPD inhibitors (group 27) and glyphosate to control weeds. The complementary herbicide, Balance Bean, is not yet approved for use in soybeans. Bayer and MS Technologies have collaborated on Balance GT since 2007 and anticipate U.S. launch in 2017. For more details, visit www.balancegtsoybeans.com.
“In Europe, the approval means the EU’s livestock and feed industry, which is more than 70% dependent on imported feed, can get the high-quality protein it needs,” said Richard Wilkins, American Soybean Association president, in a recent press release.