We’re asking this and other questions about the traited corn and soybean seed many farmers plant, and based on aggregated and anonymized farmer-contributed data from the FBN℠ network.
We analyzed several common soybean trait packages in the FBN dataset to determine how prevalent the dicamba-tolerant trait has become over time, and where use of the trait is most common:
- Conventional—no genetically modified traits
- Glufosinate tolerance—herbicide-tolerance trait (LibertyLink®)
- Glyphosate tolerance—herbicide-tolerance trait (Roundup Ready®)
- Glyphosate tolerance—herbicide-tolerance trait (Genuity® Roundup Ready® 2 Yield®, abbreviated below as RR2Y)
- Glyphosate tolerance plus dicamba tolerance—herbicide-tolerance traits (Genuity® Roundup Ready® 2 Xtend®, abbreviated below as RR2X).
Where are farmers planting Dicamba-tolerant soybeans?
The maps below show the percentage of data-contributing FBN soybean acres planted with RR2Y and RR2X in 2018.
Percent of RR2X and RR2Y Soybean Acres in FBN in 2018
Have farmers been planting more Dicamba-tolerant soybeans?
Yes! Since their commercial launch in 2016, Roundup Ready® 2 Xtend® soybeans have quickly grown market share to more than 55 percent of the soybean acres in the FBN network. They have mainly replaced acres previously planted with the Genuity® Roundup Ready® 2 Yield® trait. We have also seen LibertyLink® gain market share during the past several years.
Market Share of Soybean Traits Over Time in FBN
We’re looking closely at other trends in traited corn and soybeans, so keep an eye out for our next stories here.
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