History of Advancement

The Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System is built on a history of agriculture advancements and excellence. Explore how each industry breakthrough has led to providing you with the latest solutions for today’s needs.​​​​

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Working with the University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Monsanto and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln enter into an agreement to gain access to Dicamba resistant materials discovered by Dr. Donald Weeks and his team.

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Crop transformation and event selection begins

Using the Dicamba tolerance genes from UNL, Monsanto scientists produce dicamba-tolerant transgenic crops and begin testing these with dicamba herbicide formulations. Though the plan for dicamba-tolerant traits was initially for soybeans, it did not take long for the cotton team at Monsanto to inquire about adding this trait to cotton products.



Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybeans launches

Through extensive research on a molecular level, scientists find a way to do what had never been done before — precisely place an improved expression cassette for the glyphosate tolerance gene in a specific region of a soybean’s genome, which results in the positive yield performance of Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybeans.

The yield advantage achieved with Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybean technology will continue to be an integral part of future soybean advancements. This technology, utilized in Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans, is designed to maximize weed control flexibility through the use of approved dicamba-based herbicide formulations.



New team is formed

Monsanto pursued the development of technology looking at the potential to reduce the risk of volatility in dicamba.

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Roundup Ready PLUS® Crop Management Solutions is introduced

The need arises to create recommendations for farmers on how to combat glyphosate-resistant weeds. Roundup Ready PLUS® is introduced as a resource to help farmers stay informed about weed management, develop proactive plans and make it more economical to limit weeds while maximizing yields.



Vaporgrip® Technology discovered

Monsanto discovers what is now known as "VaporGrip® Technology" and begins integrating the Monsanto formulation to create Roundup Xtend™ with VaporGrip® Technology and XtendiMax® with VaporGrip® Technology, a restricted use pesticide.



Trials begin

The Roundup Ready Xtend® Crop System is introduced in Field Trial Participants.

Throughout the years, their fields are followed to provide an in-depth look into the experience these farmers have had with the latest technologies.



Bollgard II® XtendFlex® cotton is approved

Bollgard II® XtendFlex® cotton receives approval from USDA allowing the sale of cotton with dicamba resistance in the US for the 2015 growing season.



Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans receives approval

Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans traits receive USDA approval, as well as import approval from China — one of the leading importers of soybeans. This paves the way for the sale of Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans for the 2016 growing season and beyond.



XtendiMax® with VaporGrip® Technology approved for in-crop use

U.S. EPA registered XtendiMax® herbicide with VaporGrip® Technology, now a restricted use pesticide, for in-crop use with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans and Bollgard II® XtendFlex® cotton, pending state approvals.

Visit xtendimaxapplicationrequirements.com for approved tank-mix partners and nozzles.

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