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Seed companies look ahead to 2018 growing season

Each growing season has some new products hitting the market to help farmers try to increase their yield or deal with problems like weeds and disease.

Cibus in 2018 will have three new canola varieties on the market.

"We're also developing a non-GMO flax that has a herbicide tolerant trait. And we're working on rice and potatoes as well. Rice is a herbicide event and potatoes is a disease tolerant trait," says Scott Anderson, seed sales specialist for Cibus.

The seeds qualify for non-GMO status because they can get traits they want without adding any foreign genes.

"We have a new breeding, plant breeding technique called gene editing," he says. "Where we're able to go into a plants cell and make positive changes based on what we want to almost accelerate any mutation that could occur in nature."

Dairyland Seed is awaiting approval from the European Union and China for its Enlist E-3 soybeans, but through a closed-loop system the seed will be available for 2018. With tolerance to 2,4-D choline, glyphosate and glufosinate, Enlist E-3 soybeans will allow farmers to employ multiple herbicide modes of action post-emergence.

"I've actually seen the benefits probably four years ago sprayed next to tomatoes and seen no injury situation. It's a new technology a new compound of 2,4-D called 2,4-D choline. That does not move," Keith Rekow, district sales manager for Dairyland Seeds, says.

Rea Hybrids, a regional brand for Monsanto, specializes in corn and soybeans for the Dakotas.

"This year in our catalog we actually brought on several new products that's going to improve on that IDC score, get growers into that new technology that they need for weed control and really see the performance that they're expecting," says Preston Dagen, district sales manager for Rea.

The company is looking forward to the next generation of technology which will be in test plots in 2018 but could be available for growers as early as 2019.

"So it's actually gonna have RoundUp, it'll have Dicamba and it'll also incorporate Liberty into the same plant," Dagen says. "So now that gives growers the option to pick the tool that works best for them."