BASF, Monsanto Move On Dicamba Tolerance

BASF and Monsanto plan to work jointly on development of dicamba-tolerant cropping systems they expect to have available in Canada by mid-decade.

The firms’ agreement, announced March 14, commits them to development and commercialization work on a dicamba-tolerant system, which would include BASF’s dicamba formulations and Monsanto’s dicamba-tolerant trait for soybeans.

The companies expect the new system to be introduced in the U.S. and Canada “in the middle of the decade, pending regulatory approvals.”

Monsanto, which would stack the trait with its Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield trait in soybeans, noted it also has dicamba-tolerant canola, corn and cotton crops in its pipeline.

Dicamba, a Group 4 herbicide, is marketed by BASF as Banvel II and in products such as DyVel. Monsanto sells a glyphosate/dicamba combo under the name Rustler.

Insecticide labels expanded

Vegetable and berry growers are expected to benefit from more pesticide rotation options by way of expanded labels for insecticides Coragen and Altacor.

The DuPont brands both feature Rynaxypyr, an anthranilic diamide (Group 28) product.

Coragen, already used by potato, brassica vegetable, fruiting vegetable and leafy vegetable growers, will be allowed for use in other vegetable crops such as sweet, field and seed corn, tuberous and corm vegetables, cucurbit vegetables and alfalfa.

Berry growers will be able to use Altacor for control of raspberry cane borer and raspberry crown borer in crops such as raspberries and blackberries. Tree nut growers will be able to use it against codling moth, oblique-banded leafroller and three-lined leafroller.

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