Bayer Product Lead Ryan Rubischko Welcomes EPA's Extended Registration for Dicamba HerbicideThu, 29 Nov 2018 11:51:58 CST
After collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders in the ag and scientific communities, the EPA announced earlier this month its decision to extend the registration of dicamba for two years for "over-the-top" use in controlling weeds in fields for cotton and soybean plants genetically engineered to resist dicamba. The announcement by the EPA stated that the agency understands the value that dicamba has to American farmers as an effective tool for weed management. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn caught up recently with Ryan Rubischko, product manager and marketing lead at the Bayer owned company, Monsanto, to talk about the EPA’s decision and how it will affect his company’s legacy dicamba-based products. You can listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
“That was an important decision farmers were waiting for,” Rubischko said. “They’re looking for new tools for weed control and XtendiMax, now being out the last two years, has really helped on those tough to control weeds and now farmers do have access for a few more years and beyond to be able to have that on their farming operation.”
Most importantly, Rubischko says this decision implies EPA’s confidence in dicamba and Monsanto’s XtendiMax technology. He says the EPA undertook multiple reviews of the product to ensure the product’s safety and reliability. That confidence has obviously been extended to farmers as well, who have eagerly adopted the product, according to Rubischko.
“What we’ve seen now after two years of launch, over 50 million acres of Xtend Soybeans and Cotton with XtendFlex technology planted in the US,” he said. “As a matter of fact, in soybeans alone - one out of every two acres of soybeans planted across the US were in the Roundup Ready Extend Soybean platform. We expect that from what we’re hearing from farmers to project even higher and go more than 60 million acres during the 2019 season.”
When added to an overall weed control management plan, Rubischko says producers can plainly see the value in dicamba and XtendiMax when considering the germ plasm and the superior yields that soybean growers have been experienced for the second year in a row now.
“You can’t just have weed control, you’ve got to have yield to go with it and farmers are certainly sharing with us that they are seeking that combination here again this year,” he remarked.
Regarding the new EPA registration requirements, Rubischko says probably the most important part of that decision is not necessarily a change, but a continuation of the mandated applicator training. Essentially, to use dicamba-based products, farmers will have to participate in a training program. However, Rubischko says Monsanto is making that as easy as possible for farmers and are proactively working with training providers nationwide to give farmers ample access and opportunity to complete this training.
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