Engenia specific for dicamba-resistant crops
A type of other movement that isn’t a true chemical definition of volatility might be a temperature inversion air current that has been associated with other herbicides in the past. Tests referenced by Bozeman measure nanograms of product found in cubic meters of air after suspended particles following application have dissipated.
“Engenia has done great in all of our tests that we use to measure secondary loss parameters—all the way from the laboratory to field testing using vacuum pumps and air collection devices. There is a significant reduction in any secondary loss profile compared to other dicamba formulations,” Bozeman said.
“Monsanto is in charge of the seed and trait. I would argue that it is best in class in bringing new traits to market. I’ve got good confidence that they are moving it forward. We have good confidence that our regulatory team has all the requirements for Engenia approval in place,” he said.
Monsanto Has Its Own Herbicide
Monsanto has also submitted its own dicamba formulation products for approval. The registrations of the Monsanto and BASF chemistry are separate. Monsanto has reported that it is registering a dicamba alone product (XtendiMax) and dicamba plus Roundup (Roundup Xtend) premix product.
Engenia is a dicamba-only product. There has been some confusion in the market about whether the products to be sold by Monsanto would actually be BASF technology formulations. “Engenia is specific to BASF. It is completely different than Monsanto’s dicamba product,” Bozeman said.
“We fully believe that most of the applications of Engenia will include a glyphosate of some sort, but to have a solo dicamba product allows a lot of flexibility for what can be mixed with it, use rates and how the product is applied. So, we decided initially to only go with a dicamba-only product,” he further explained. “Right now, the label going through registration does not specify individual products that can and cannot be applied with it from a herbicide standpoint. The label is pretty broad. We try to write our labels, particularly for tank mixing with other herbicides, to not be too restrictive as long as the other herbicide is approved for use. Right now, we have not identified any herbicide that would cause us concern enough to say do not apply with Engenia.”
BASF Focused on Stewardship
BASF has put a huge effort into stewardship efforts on proper application of pesticides, including Engenia, by sponsoring the On-Target Application Academy training program, which has trained more than 4,000 growers and quite a few custom applicators during the past two years, and more academies are being held this year.
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