Farmers are the heart and soul of our company. Our mission is to discover and develop innovative new products to help you achieve better harvests in a more environmentally sustainable way. Your success is our success, and we are committed to supporting you at every stage of the season-every year.
You told us you needed additional tools to combat tough-to-control weeds. We responded by developing Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybean and Roundup Ready® XtendFlex® cotton seeds that are tolerant to dicamba. We also developed a new dicamba formulation, XtendiMax® with VaporGrip® Technology, which has been proven to reduce the volatility potential of dicamba by 90 percent as compared to Clarity®, and 99 percent as compared to Banvel® and other DMA-based dicamba formulations. Working closely with states, we have trained thousands of farmers and professional applicators on how to use our products successfully.
We are hearing that the overwhelming majority of farmers are experiencing tremendous success during this first year of commercial launch. However, we have also heard reports that some farmers are noticing signs of leaf cupping in nearby soybean fields, which could be attributable to dicamba. Any time we hear reports of potential crop injury, from any cause, it concerns us. We know the passion, energy and financial resources you invest in your fields. Your crop is your livelihood, and you only get one shot a year. We understand.
We are taking these reports extremely seriously, and we want you to know what we're doing about them.
I want to personally thank you for your business and partnership. We must earn your trust and your business each year, and we are committed to doing that by delivering the best-performing technology in the industry. We are also committed to ensuring that you have an outstanding experience with our products.
Please, if you are experiencing leaf cupping in soybeans or other unexpected symptomology, don't wait. Please call us today and allow us to work with you throughout this season.
Monsanto Company, Chief Technology Officer