Top Crop Manager

News Herbicides Soybeans
Make the most of your soybean crop with early application

May 16, 2022  Sponsored by Bayer

Soybean plants on the field in spring. Photo courtesy of iStock.

There are three key steps to take in the field to ensure you maximize your soybean yield. With the Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System, farmers can change the way their soybeans grow with residual weed control and expanded herbicide options. Andrew Chisholm, Trait and Trait Launch Manager at Bayer, explains the importance of these key tips that will help you get the most out of your yield this year.

Double-down on residual weed control with dicamba

“Take advantage and maximize the benefits of your Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans by leveraging the dual tolerance to dicamba and glyphosate,” Chisholm says. Applying dicamba in the first herbicide pass provides short-term residual activity on small-seeded broadleaf weeds including lamb’s quarters, redroot pigweed and common ragweed to help maximize the yield potential of your Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans crop.

According to Chisholm, “research trials have shown a 2.4 bu./ac. increase1 due to the reduced early weed competition from the residual activity of dicamba.”


Choose the chemistry option that works best with your field

Farmers should choose a low volatility dicamba product to support their soybean crop. Bayer currently has two options available: glyphosate-dicamba premix Roundup Xtend® with VaporGrip® Technology, or the dicamba-only XtendiMax® with VaporGrip® Technology that can be tank mixed with any Roundup®-branded product. Chisholm explains that “using the system properly will give you the best experience – providing better control of problem weeds and higher yield potential – these two chemistry options make excellent choice for your field.”

Early application for best results

“Dicamba works best for you when it’s sprayed early,” Chisholm says. “The earlier you treat the field, the better the chance to maintain your yield and take advantage of early residual control – the bigger the weeds, the harder it is for any herbicide to perform at its best.”

The best way to capitalize on the potential of your Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans is by supporting the crop early and getting ahead of weeds – better weed control and higher yield potential are within your grasp when you take advantage of the capabilities of the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System.

For more information about Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System, visit

1. Source: Bayer Market Development research trials, 2008 – 2014 (n=39), average of 2.4 bu./ac. advantage over 2-pass glyphosate-only treatment.

Bayer is a member of Excellence Through Stewardship® (ETS). Bayer products are commercialized in accordance with ETS Product Launch Stewardship Guidance, and in compliance with Bayer’s Policy for Commercialization of Biotechnology-Derived Plant Products in Commodity Crops. These products have been approved for import into key export markets with functioning regulatory systems. Any crop or material produced from these products can only be exported to, or used, processed or sold in countries where all necessary regulatory approvals have been granted. It is a violation of national and international law to move material containing biotech traits across boundaries into nations where import is not permitted. Growers should talk to their grain handler or product purchaser to confirm their buying position for these products. Excellence Through Stewardship® is a registered trademark of Excellence Through Stewardship.
ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS. It is a violation of violation of federal law to use any pesticide product other than in accordance with its labeling. NOT ALL formulations of dicamba or glyphosate are approved for in-crop use with products with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans. ONLY USE FORMULATIONS THAT ARE SPECIFICALLY LABELED AND APPROVED FOR SUCH USES. Contact the Pest Management Regulatory Agency with any questions about the approval status of dicamba herbicide products for in-crop use with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans or products with XtendFlex® Technology.
Roundup Ready® 2 Technology contains genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate. Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans contains genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate and dicamba. Glyphosate will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. Dicamba will kill crops that are not tolerant to dicamba. Contact your Bayer retailer, refer to the Bayer Technology Use Guide, or call the technical support line at 1-888-283-6847 for recommended Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System weed control programs.
Bayer, Bayer Cross, Roundup Ready 2 Xtend®, Roundup Ready 2 Yield®, Roundup Ready®, Roundup Xtend®, Roundup®, VaporGrip®, XtendFlex® and XtendiMax® are registered trademarks of Bayer Group. Used under license. Bayer Crop Science Inc. is a member of CropLife Canada. ©2022 Bayer Group. All rights reserved.


Stories continue below