A next-generation herbicide tolerant soybean trait could be ready for commercialization in 2009. DuPont completed regulatory submissions for approval of its Optimum trait Tuesday, a step towards its goal of 2009 commercialization.
"This is a significant step for DuPont," said Erik Fyrwald, DuPont group vice president, Agriculture & Nutrition. "These regulatory submissions keep us on track for commercialization of products starting in 2009 and allow us to meet farmer demand for better performing products with new weed control options."
DuPont submitted regulatory information to the USDA, EPA, and FDA this fall.
Each year, farmers treat 90% of U.S. soybean acres with glyphosate. The new trait would give growers another choice in glyphosate-tolerant soybean seed aimed at maximizing yield potential, improving crop safety and expanding weed control options.