A soybean systems trial program conducted by Monsanto in the Delta this season compared Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybeans with Monsanto’s Roundup Ready PLUS™ Weed Management Solutions to the LibertyLink soybean/herbicide system with favorable results.
Tony White, Monsanto Soybean Traits Product Development Manager, announced that the Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean system had an average yield advantage of 6 bushels per acre compared with the LibertyLink system in the trial program. Results were based on 20 farmer side-by-side plot locations in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky and the Missouri Bootheel during 2012.
“This soybean systems comparison proves that farmers don’t have to sacrifice yield to achieve effective weed control,” White said. “By planting high-yielding Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean varieties and following Roundup Ready PLUS weed management recommendations, farmers can successfully control tough weeds, including pigweed, and maximize their yield opportunity.”
White noted at current soybean prices of about $15 per bushel, that 6-bushel-per-acre yield advantage equals additional revenue of $90 per acre for the Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield system versus the LibertyLink system.
White said for 2013, the side-by-side trial program will be expanded to the central Midwest, where many farmers are facing challenges with waterhemp and marestail. Trial plots are planned in eastern Kansas, central Missouri, southern Illinois, southern Indiana and Ohio.