Tag: Monsanto Canada

Monsanto Focusing on Microbials and Proving They Work

The number of microbial products on the market has skyrocketed in the last few years, as companies invest in understanding interactions between soil bugs and crops. “There’s a lot of attention on microbials right now. All the big ag companies have a microbial division. It’s an exciting to be involved in biologicals,” notes Jon Treloar,… Read more »

How Long Can Farmers Stick With Xtend Soybeans?

Monsanto is still confident Canadian farmers will be able to plant Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans this spring, but seed dealers and partners are working diligently on Plan B to ensure seed alternatives. The company continues to hold hope that it will receive European Union (EU) approval for the glyphosate and dicamba tolerant soybeans in… Read more »

No Xtend Soybeans until EU-approved, says Monsanto Canada

Canadian farmers are still wondering whether they’ll get a chance to plant Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans this spring. They’ll likely get their answer in mid-April. In February, Monsanto Canada announced it had received import approval from China for the glyphosate and dicamba tolerant soybeans, giving the company the confidence to ensure Canadian farmers that… Read more »

Spraying Considerations With Dicamba-Tolerant Soybeans on the Horizon

With Monsanto planning to introduce dicamba-tolerant soybean varieties in North America, the company is reminding growers about how to best handle and apply herbicides that contain dicamba. Older formulations of dicamba were prone to drift, causing damage to neighbouring crops, notes Allan Froese, a technology development representative with Monsanto Canada. In the video below, he walks… Read more »

Monsanto “Confident” Dicamba-Tolerant Soybeans Will Be Introduced in 2016

Following regulatory delays over several years, Monsanto Canada representatives say they’re confident the company will finally be able to introduce its soybeans with tolerance to both glyphosate and dicamba herbicides to the North American market for 2016. All the required biotech and herbicide approvals for the Roundup Ready 2 Xtend system are in place in Canada,… Read more »

Confronting the Pregnant Pause: 7 Tips for Dealing with the Media

Trish Jordan of Monsanto Canada gives her top tips for talking to the media, and describes her most memorable moment in the limelight. Imagine you’re in an interview, and after wrapping up your answer to one of the interviewer’s more difficult questions, you’re met with a wall of silence. To many people, lapses in conversation… Read more »

With U.S. Approval in Place, 2016 Targeted for Launch of Dicamba-Tolerant Soybeans in Canada

Soybean varieties that are tolerant to both glyphosate and dicamba herbicides are one step closer to being introduced to the North American market. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its decision on January 15th to deregulate Monsanto’s Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybean trait, meaning the company’s glyphosate and dicamba-tolerant soybeans have now received regulatory consent in both… Read more »

The Crop Trait Approval Process — From Discovery, To Development, to Clearing Regulatory Hurdles

If ever you’ve heard anyone say that new agriculture and food traits aren’t regulated or tested, you’ll want them to watch the following interview. A key aspect of this year’s Momentum Tour, put on by Monsanto Canada, was the roll-out of two new crop traits — TruFlex canola and Xtend soybeans. Sharp-eyed readers will note… Read more »

Xtend Soybeans Provide Residual Herbicide Option for Western Canadian Farmers

There are at least two reasons why having an added herbicide tolerance gene built-in to a soybean variety makes sense — one, to make up for early season non-competitiveness of the crop, and, two, because of the increasing risk of glyphosate-tolerant weeds. To that end, Monsanto recently rolled out its soybean XTend trait — dicamba… Read more »

The Cornifcation of Western Canada — How Far a $100 Million Investment Will Take This Crop

When Monsanto Canada recently announced it was moving one hundred million dollars into corn varietal and trait development for Western Canada’s very short season, there were likely more than a few people wondering why. After all, grain corn is a rather small part of the western Canadian crop mix, save for pockets here and there…. Read more »

The TruFlex Trait — A Wider Spray Window, Improved Crop Safety & More Yield

It’s been a while since the Roundup Ready trait revolutionized growing canola for Western Canada. Monsanto Canada is looking to kick weed control up a notch yet again with the (eventual) introduction of the TruFlex Roundup Ready trait. Visitors to Monsanto’s Momentum Tour were treated to a first-hand look at how the TruFlex trait performed… Read more »

Tips for Ideal Canola Swath Timing & Common Pitfalls of Judging Maturity

Deciding when to start swathing canola can be one of the most difficult calls you make at harvest. Too early, and you give up yield potential, too late and you can risk big losses. Knowing your hybrids, recognizing ideal swath-timing colour change and verifying actual seed colour, not pod colour, change will all go a… Read more »

New Xtend Trait Allows for Residual Weed Control for Soybeans

There are at least two reasons why having an added herbicide tolerance gene built-in to a soybean variety makes sense — one, to make up for early season non-competitiveness of the crop, and, two, because of the increasing risk of glyphosate-tolerant weeds. To that end, Monsanto recently rolled out its soybean XTend trait — dicamba… Read more »

Momentum Tour – Brandon Wrap Up – Fast Cars, Ag-Teases and Cornification

You probably noticed myself and Lyndsey tweeting rapidly last week using the hasgtag, #momentumtour.  We joined the Monsanto Momentum Tour on the Brandon stop and had a great time.  Monsanto is touring across the prairie provinces to show growers the latest in its two trait releases. Here is our wrapup from Brandon, and as usual… Read more »

Agronomy Geeks Ontario — Ep.4: Getting Itchy For Spring

As Ontario farmers get home from Southwest Ag Conference and FarmSmart, everyone is probably getting itchy for spring. The only thing maybe holding us back is the horrible snow storms that we have been getting. Planting does seem far away but like always at this time of year it is closer than we think. In… Read more »