roundup ready grass????

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by lazyike, Jun 21, 2009.

  1. lazyike

    lazyike LawnSite Senior Member
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    Why isnt there? shure would make life simple.
  2. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    NO, NO, NO! As is , I deal with three species of turfgrass that are inherently resistant to RoundUp. Bermuda, seashore paspalum and zoysia are only partially controlled by high rates of RoundUP. Makes it a nightmare to control escapes into hard areas or ornamental beds. It also makes renovation a PITA as well. You should be thankful that bluegrass, fescue and rye are easily killed by it.
  3. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm sure if Monsanto thought they could have a monopoly on a specific Genetically engineered desirable turf grass that is Round Up ready just like their Soy bean seeds. They would do it. Then they can send out the goon squad to collect the patent right$ when the grass gradually migrates into the neighbors yard.

    Think this sounds crazy? It's not.... this is precisely what they are doing with farmers in agriculture. I've heard the countless nightmare stories of this happening in Canada and the US.
  4. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
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    Back in 1999 they were working RR Turf along with several other things.

    I think it was going to be geared towards the gold course industry.

    Shortly after they started...I know they got shot down from someone for some reason but can't remember why.

    I have not heard anything about since then.

    Not sure if they are still hoping one day or not!
  5. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    The reason why is the one I was mentioning above. Monsanto was playing with RR bentgrass for golf and RR tall fescue for residential and commercial lawns. I do not know of many other total grass killers besides Basamid, methyl bromide and Vapam that will enable renovation if grass is RR. Sethoxydim and Fusilade are not good replacements either.
  6. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Your right, seems like a no brainer to me.

    Farmers are finding that RR corn and beans are a problem, when you do no till planting in the Spring. This year alot of farmers in my area did "no till" due to the late start, with all rain. Spraying roundup before planting does not kill the RR rogue corn and beans, left over from last year.
  7. lawnproslawncare

    lawnproslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Some university tried round-up ready bent grass a few years back. I think it got a little out of control...and talk about trying to renovate a lawn and not being able to kill what you want to get rid of! Yikes
  8. lazyike

    lazyike LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yea I guess no matter what you do to make one thing better you end up opening Pandora's box.:wall
  9. lawngreen1

    lawngreen1 LawnSite Member
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    Sorry to disagree with you.

    These grasses you refer to are Warm Season Grasses, and if sprayed with Roundup in the cooler months of the year you may not get the Knockdown that you would in the warmer months.

    So, if you are wanting to eradicate these grasses, best to spray Roundup in the Spring & Summer when the plant will take up the poison most efficiently.

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 5,137

    no round up ready grass please

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