Dow AgroSciences LLC announced that Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has approved Enlist Duo herbicide with Colex-D Technology for use in Canada. This approval, which makes Canada the first nation to authorize this herbicide, is a “milestone for the company’s Enlist Weed Control System” which combines traits for herbicide-resistant crops, herbicides, and stewardship.

Enlist Duo provides a weed management tool for dealing with hard-to-control and resistant weeds. What makes Enlist Duo unique is that it features near-zero volatility, minimized potential for drift, lower odor and better handling characteristics through a technology package called Colex-D Technology for the 2,4-D and glyphosate combination herbicide, the company explained.

The herbicide was developed to be used in combination with crops containing genetic resistance to both the glyphosate and 2,4-D in a postemerge application. Approval of any crop resistant to the postemerge use of Enlist Duo over the top has yet to occur in the U.S. Earlier this month, Dow AgroSciences said an Environmental Impact Statement report being required in the U.S. would probably delay commercial launch of  any crop seeds for planting, at best guess, until 2015 in the U.S.  

In announcing the herbicide registration in Canada, it also released a statement saying, “Dow AgroSciences is assessing all of our options as we work with the stakeholders and will communicate as final decisions are made about commercialization timing in Canada.”

The Enlist corn and Enlist soybean traits were approved for food, feed, and environmental release by Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in October 2012. With the Enlist Duo herbicide registration by the PMRA, both components of the Enlist Weed Control System in corn and soybeans have been approved for use in Canada.

“Dow AgroSciences plans to ramp up seed production and its supply of Enlist Duo herbicide with Colex-D Technology to support the anticipated Enlist launch. Dow AgroSciences is working with regulatory agencies in key export geographies to advance commercialization of Enlist corn and soybeans in Canada,” the company announced.

A comprehensive stewardship program has been developed and is designed to help farmers succeed while promoting responsible use of the Enlist System, the company further noted.

“Managing hard-to-control and resistant weeds is one of the biggest problems farmers are facing, and Enlist is a solution they need to continue moving farming forward,” said Stan Howell, vice president, North America, Dow AgroSciences. “The Enlist Duo herbicide approval in Canada validates the robust innovation we are bringing forward for our customers who tell us the need for new weed control tools becomes more urgent every season.”