Monsanto OKs $975 million expansion at Luling, La., dicamba plant

MonsantoMonsanto Co.’s board of directors recently approved a $975 million expansion at the company’s Luling, La., site that manufactures dicamba herbicide.

Upon completion in mid-2019, the facility is expected to supply 25 to 35 percent of the demand across the Americas for dicamba, which is part of the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System.

The Environmental Protection Agency has yet to register over-the-top applications of dicamba on any crop.

Monsanto has submitted registration applications for Roundup Xtend with VaporGrip technology, a low-drift premix formulation of glyphosate and dicamba, and Xtendimax with VaporGrip, a stand-alone dicamba that can be tankmixed with other herbicides.

The herbicides will be paired with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans, which are tolerant to both glyphosate and dicamba.

In addition, Monsanto has Xtendflex Cotton, genetically engineered to be tolerant to glyphosate, glufosinate and dicamba.

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