David Wagner isn't about to let goatgrass invade his winter wheat. "If I have one stalk of it, it's too much," he said. Cheatgrass is another weed he's been targeting on his Holly, Colo., wheat farm.
The necessity to keep these troublemakers in check has led Wagner to adopt the new two-gene Clearfield trait in problem fields.
BASF developed the Clearfield trait and works with public and private breeding programs to develop varieties that tolerate Beyond herbicide. The system gives farmers control over serious weeds, such as jointed goatgrass, cheatgrass, downy brome and feral rye in wheat. Varieties ...