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USDA extends comment on Xtend crops

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has extended the comment period on its draft environmental impact statement (EIS) on Monsanto's genetically modified herbicide-tolerant MON87708 soybeans and MON88701 cotton until October 10th. MON87708 soybeans are tolerant to the herbicide, dicamba, and MON88701 cotton is tolerant to dicamba and glufosinate-ammonium. They are due to be commercialised under the Xtend brand to provide additional options to control glyphosate-resistant weeds. The APHIS issued its draft EIS in August (Agrow No 694, p 19). The original 45-day comment period expired on September 25th.

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