Proper use of new herbicide-tolerant systems
The Enlist Ahead components include education, and proper application continues to be a focus of education for the new formulation of 2,4-D, according to Palmer, although herbicides with Colex-D Technology have cut the potential for off-target movement and drift to a bare minimum, especially considering today’s sophisticated application equipment.
“It is important to us as we bring the Enlist Weed Control System forward that we have good weed resistance management recommendations,” Palmer said. “One of the key things that is part of those recommendations is the use of multiple modes of action for weed control. Because Dow AgroSciences is a leader in the herbicide business, we have popular products that farmers are already using that will help serve as the foundation to the Enlist Weed Control System.” For example, the company’s SureStart has three active ingredients other than 2,4-D and glyphosate for corn weed control.
The company is planning for Enlist traited corn to be registered for the 2013 growing season, although that EPA registration has not yet been granted. Enlist traited soybeans could possibly be registered for the 2015 season, and Enlist cotton isn’t expected to be available until at least a year later.
“We are having training, and what is important is that we get growers, applicators and retailers trained by next spring. What you are seeing from us is a diverse deployment of teaching methods. They are including instructor-led training in classrooms and field settings, and there will be electronic educational modules, too. We are really trying to provide the industry with diverse ways to learn about the Enlist Weed Control System,” Palmer said. “Enlist Ahead is very broad and integrated and not just a single event.”
A main tactic this summer has been letting ag retailers and growers see Enlist corn and the weed control in small regional plot demonstrations. As of the end of August, about 4,000 people had observed results in plots and received some training as part of the Enlist Ahead program.
“To support the Enlist Weed Control System as well as Enlist Ahead, we have established a new role of Enlist field technical specialist—employees dedicated to the entire Enlist program,” Palmer also noted.
BASF has had a high profile program as a first step for introduction of Engenia by sponsoring On-Target Application Academies being taught by Bob Wolf, Ph.D., Wolf Consulting & Research, and developed in conjunction with TeeJet Technologies.