Monsanto Co. and Valent U.S.A. Corp. are teaming up to remove some of the uncertainty from what could be a promising year for farmers.

The companies recently announced the addition of three Valent residual products — Valor Herbicide, Valor XLT Soybean Herbicide and Gangster Herbicide to Monsanto's Roundup Rewards “Start Clean, Stay Clean” Assurance Plan for Roundup Ready soybeans.

Farmers in the Mid-South are expected to plant more acres to soybeans.

Combining Valent residual herbicides with Monsanto's Roundup Rewards program should mean farmers have less worry while they're trying to control problem weeds in soybeans, company spokesmen say.

“With the addition of Valent's residual products — Valor, Valor XLT and Gangster — to Monsanto's Start Clean, Stay Clean Assurance Plan, farmers know they have protection from the toughest weeds,” Jamie Nielson, Valent's brand manager for the herbicides said.

“Farmers have seen how Roundup agricultural herbicides plus a residual product can help protect fields from yield robbing weeds and also help guard fields from development of glyphosate weed resistance.”

Monsanto and Valent are recommending Roundup Ready soybean farmers use the following herbicide program to keep fields clean throughout the season:

  • Start clean with a burndown herbicide or tillage.

  • Stay clean by applying a qualifying residual herbicide such as Monsanto's Intrro or one of the new program additions from Valent — Valor, Valor XLT or Gangster — at the Roundup Ready Rate developed by the companies.

  • Apply either Roundup WeatherMax or Roundup PowerMax before weeds exceed 8 inches in height in soybeans.

As part of the Roundup Rewards program, if growers follow these recommendations and need to control a late flush of annual weeds, Monsanto will offer Intrro, Valor, Valor XLT and Gangster users up to 22 ounces per acre of Roundup WeatherMax or up to 11 ounces per acre of Roundup PowerMax at no cost.

If farmers see a second flush of weeds or experience tremendous weed pressure, they should contact their retailer. Monsanto plans to have field claim specialists visit the farm within two weeks.

For more information about the companies or their products, call (800) 768-6387 or visit www.monsanto.com or call (800) 682-5368 or visit the Valent Web site at www.valent.com.