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Bayer Announces Commercial Release of XtendFlex Cotton and Approval for Over-the-Top use of XtendiMax 2 Herbicide with VapourGrip Technology in XtendFlex cotton

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    26 June, 2024

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26 June, 2024

Bayer is excited to announce the commercial release of XtendFlex® herbicide tolerance technology in XtendFlex cotton in Australia, along with the approval of XtendiMax 2® Herbicide with VapourGrip® Technology for over-the-top use in XtendFlex cotton, offering Australian cotton growers unparalleled flexibility and options in their weed management strategies.
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Highlights

  • Bayer announces the commercial release of XtendFlex herbicide tolerance technology in XtendFlex cotton in Australia, providing growers with enhanced flexibility in weed control through tolerance to glyphosate, dicamba, and glufosinate.
  • The approval for over-the-top use of XtendiMax 2 Herbicide with VapourGrip Technology in XtendFlex cotton offers effective broadleaf weed control with reduced dicamba volatility, minimising the risk of off-target movement.
  • XtendFlex cotton and XtendiMax 2 Herbicide with VapourGrip Technology will be available for the 2024/25 cotton season, following successful large area trials with no recorded drift or off-target movement incidents in the 2023/24 season.
 

26 June 2024 | Melbourne, Australia – Bayer is excited to announce the commercial release of XtendFlex herbicide tolerance technology in XtendFlex cotton in Australia, along with the approval of XtendiMax 2 Herbicide with VapourGrip Technology for over-the-top use in XtendFlex cotton, offering Australian cotton growers unparalleled flexibility and options in their weed management strategies.

 

A New Era in Cotton Cultivation

XtendFlex herbicide tolerance technology, Bayer's latest development in cotton herbicide-tolerant traits, offers Australian cotton growers a new level of flexibility in weed control. This innovative cotton trait provides tolerance to over-the-top applications of three herbicides with different modes of action: glyphosate, dicamba, and glufosinate, providing options for an effective solution against hard-to-kill and herbicide-resistant weeds.

The introduction of XtendFlex cotton, built on the performance of Roundup Ready Flex® cotton, represents a significant advancement in Bayer’s commitment to sustainable agriculture and enhanced crop management solutions.

"XtendFlex cotton represents a leap forward in our ongoing efforts to support Australian cotton growers in achieving higher efficiency and sustainability in their operations," said Warren Inwood, Bayer Crop Science ANZ Managing Director.

"This innovative cotton trait, tolerant to applications of glyphosate, dicamba, and glufosinate, provides an effective solution against hard-to-kill and herbicide-resistant weeds, setting a new standard in crop management."

 

Revolutionary Over-the-Top Herbicide Solutions

Alongside XtendFlex cotton, Bayer is proud to announce the approval of XtendiMax 2 Herbicide with VapourGrip Technology for over-the-top use in XtendFlex cotton. XtendiMax 2 is designed to combat a broad range of broadleaf weeds when used in mixture or alone, such as fleabane and peach vine, offering a new level of efficacy in herbicide application.

“The introduction of XtendiMax 2 with VapourGrip Technology adds another effective lever to pull for weed control," said Mr Inwood.

"The reduced volatility of the XtendiMax 2 formulation, thanks to VapourGrip Technology, minimises the risk of off-target movement, providing growers with a higher level of confidence to use this new tool in their weed control program."

To further enhance volatility reduction, XtendiMax 2 is required to be tank-mixed with VapourGrip Xtra Agent. XtendiMax 2, when tank mixed with Roundup Ready® PL Herbicide with PlantShield® Technology, can provide an enhanced solution for broadleaf weed control, along with the confidence of low volatility.

 

Excellent crop safety demonstrated in large area trials

Since 2021, the application of XtendiMax 2 herbicide in XtendFlex cotton has been tightly managed in Australia under research permits granted by the APVMA. The purpose of these permits, amongst other things, was to determine the label instructions required for the management of off-target movement of dicamba when used over-the-top of XtendFlex cotton.

During the 2023/24 cotton season, selected growers participated in large area trials consisting of XtendFlex cotton treated with XtendiMax 2 with VapourGrip Technology conducted under the authority of an APVMA over-the-top spray permit.

These trials, and surrounding areas, were closely monitored, with no evidence of off-target movement or damage being recorded, providing solid evidence that the combination of the low volatility formulation of XtendiMax 2, the spray applicator training, and the strong adherence to label instructions by the cotton growers provides a high level of off-target drift and volatility management.

"We've seen promising results with XtendFlex cotton and XtendiMax 2 when rigorously tested in large area trials," said Tony May, Bayer Crop Science ANZ Head of Sales.

"The absence of any recorded off-target movement or damage to surrounding crops or environmental areas from significant areas treated in the large area trials is a testament to the innovative XtendiMax 2 formulation and the diligence of cotton growers to follow label and permit instructions."

 

Availability for the 2024/25 Cotton Season

XtendFlex cotton, along with XtendiMax 2 and VapourGrip Xtra Agent, will be available for the 2024/25 cotton season. This launch not only underscores Bayer’s leadership in agricultural innovation but also reaffirms our commitment to providing Australian cotton growers with the tools they need to succeed in an increasingly challenging agricultural landscape.

“The availability of XtendFlex cotton and suitably registered over-the-top herbicides for the next cotton season is a milestone for Bayer and the Australian cotton industry,” said Mr Inwood.

“We're excited to see the positive impact this will have on growers' operations and the environment."

For more information about the XtendFlex herbicide tolerance trait in XtendFlex cotton and the registered herbicides, please visit the Bayer Crop Science ANZ website.

 

ENDS

Contact:

Shaun Lindhe, phone +61 476 840 604

Email: shaun.lindhe@bayer.com

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