Roundup Ready Soybeans Use 2-5 Times More Herbicides Than Non-GE Varieties
by Dr. Charles Benbrook
For those unfamiliar with the basics of soybean herbicides and the impacts of GMO/RR (Roundup Ready) soybeans on use rates, the simple facts are these.
In the early to mid-1980s, most soybean herbicides were applied in combinations, and at a combined rate between 0.75 to 1.5 pounds per acre. These are sometimes today called the “traditional” soybean herbicides or weed management systems (see below).
By the mid- to late 1980s and throughout the 1990s, the pesticide industry developed and marketed dozens of new, low-dose soybean herbicides in the imidazolinone and sulfonylurea classes. These products are applied typically in the 0.05 pounds active ingredient per acre to 0.2 pounds per acre range. Often, two active ingredients are required, resulting in total per acre application rates of 0.1 to 0.3 pounds per acre.
By April Reeves
Farmers may have a cash crop for fuels with big yields and good ROI with Camelina.
Camelina, known as wildflax or ‘gold of pleasure’ is getting more than just attention from producers of Biojet fuels.
As far as I can find, it has not been genetically engineered yet, so Monsanto, hands off this little gem. Leave the farmers alone to work their crops and fields the way they use to.
The way the majority of them want to.
The way we consumers want them to.
The low-input, high oil content feedstock, which can be grown in rotation with wheat in a substitute for the fallow period, continues to gain traction as a renewable fuel, and joins algae, jatropha, and salicornia as the renewable jet fuel feedstocks of choice. The lifecycle analysis was conducted for UOP, which manufactures drop-in jet fuel (1).
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