With 5 Different Herbicide-Tolerant Trait Packages, Latham Seeds Has You Covered!

Matt Moore

Matt Moore, Soybean Product Manager

Most of the recent news about soybeans has been related to herbicides. From supply and pricing concerns to proposed new geographic and spray timing restrictions (see below), farmers have several outside factors to consider when making a soybean seed purchase.

The good news is Latham Hi-Tech Seeds has options! We are in a unique position as an independent seed company to offer five different herbicide-tolerant trait packages: XtendFlex®, Roundup Ready 2 Xtend®, Enlist E3®, LibertyLink® GT27TM (LLGT27), and LibertyLink. Even with the very strong sales year we are experiencing you can have confidence that Latham Seeds has an excellent supply of seed in all these trait systems.

Weed control options are a major factor in the seed purchase decision, however, the critical first step to maximizing yield is matching the right soybean genetics to each field’s specific environment. After a given field’s conditions are known through soil test results and past field history, Latham’s extensive research program provides detailed information on each of the varieties in our broad lineup to help you pair the right product with the right acre.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, announced that the new restrictions for 2022 would include:

  • Cutoff dates: No applications can be made south of Interstate 94 (I-94) after June 12 or north of I-94 after June 30, 2022.
  • Temperature restrictions: No spraying if the air temperature of the field is over 85 degrees Fahrenheit or if the National Weather Service’s forecasted high temperature for the nearest available location for the day exceeds 85 degrees.

The herbicides eligible for use are Engenia® by BASF, FeXapan® by Corteva, Tavium® by Syngenta, and XtendiMaxTM by Bayer. These are the only dicamba products labeled for use on dicamba-tolerant soybeans, according to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA).

In addition to the cutoff dates, Xtendimax and Tavium have crop growth stage cutoffs.IStock 690076842 Resized1

The state-specific restrictions would need to be approved by the federal EPA and would appear on the federal label for each product. Minnesota also will also require product makers provide approved education and training of applicators.

Other federal requirements for the products that will appear on the 2022 labels include:

  • Requiring an approved pH-buffering agent, also known as a volatility reducing agent, be tank mixed with dicamba products before all applications.
  • Requiring a downwind buffer of 240 feet and 310 feet in areas where listed endangered species are located.
  • Additional recordkeeping.

Learn more about Matt Moore, soybean product manager, and the years of experience he brings to our Latham Seeds Team.