Monsanto & DuPont Sign Dicamba Supply Agreement

Joanna SchroederHerbicides, Soybeans, Weed control

DuPont-Monsanto logosMonsanto Company and DuPont have announced a multi-year dicamba supply agreement for the U.S. and Canada. DuPont will sell its new herbicide as DuPont™ FeXapan™ herbicide plus VaporGrip™ Technology.

“This agreement represents continued commitment to the Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System,” said Mike Frank, Monsanto vice president, chief commercial officer. “Low-volatility dicamba formulations with VaporGrip™ Technology are designed to give soybean farmers additional tools to control glyphosate-resistant and tough-to-control broadleaf weeds.

According to Monsanto, Since 1967, dicamba has helped farmers manage broadleaf weeds, which are a key pest in agricultural operations around the world that limit crop access to nutrients, sunlight and water. Various dicamba formulations have been developed over time to help reduce potential volatilization while delivering improved weed control and greater application flexibility. Dicamba, says Monsanto, has a decades-long history of effective use in the U.S. and 25 other countries in corn, wheat, fallow and pasture land; on conservation tillage acres; and for residential lawn care.

Tim Glenn, president, DuPont Crop Protection said of the supply agreement, “For several years, DuPont has been testing a solutions-based approach to optimizing weed control using this novel soybean trait and dicamba formulation technology. We are seeing excellent results in improved control of weed populations, including those resistant to a number of herbicide modes of action. This advance will help farmers manage weed competition while improving crop safety as they work to increase production to meet global food demand.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.