Retired North Dakota State University soybean breeder Ted Helms has seen many changes throughout his career. Helms says advances biotechnology is the biggest. “I think it was about 1995 that the GMO Roundup-Ready soybeans came into play and were widely available in this area. Before that, there were no GMOs marketed. Now with Dicamba and 2-4-D resistance soybeans, there’s been even more progress made for weed control.” Helms expects weed control to remain a top priority for soybean breeders. “I’d like to see new modes of action used to control some of these resistant weeds along with good chemical stewardship to reduce drift problems.”
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