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Monsanto responds to issues surrounding dicamba


By: Georgia Farm Bureau
8/9/2017 1:59:15 PM


On Aug. 2, Monsanto published an open letter to its farmer customers from Chief Technology Officer Robb Fraley in response to reports of crop damage in fields near those on which dicamba herbicide is being used to control weeds.

Fraley wrote that the overwhelming majority of farmers have had success using Monsanto's dicamba weed control product, Xtendimax with Vaporgrip technology, but that the company has also heard the reports of leaf cupping in soybeans planted near fields where Xtendimax is used.

Fraley asked farmers to report leaf cupping or other symptoms they believe could be the result of off-target herbicide movement. The company will follow those reports by setting up meetings between its agronomic specialists and the farmers to review the situation in the fields. Reports can be made by calling 1-844-RRXTEND (1-844-779-8363).

Monsanto has directed scientists with one of its subsidiaries, The Climate Corporation, to review weather data across growing regions to help understand what environmental conditions may have affected the herbicide. Fraley said the company would continue its outreach, education and training going into the 2018 season. To read the letter in its entirety visit this website.


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