Preparing for Enlist system with Enlist 360 field training
This past summer, more than 5,000 retailers, seed sellers and growers participated in Enlist 360 field training. The field training provided a comprehensive learning experience on the components of the Enlist Weed Control System, a new herbicide-tolerant trait technology from Dow AgroSciences. The company continues to focus on training and learning opportunities for the Enlist system as the technology awaits regulatory approvals.
“We want to prepare the industry for the introduction of this new technology so that when it’s available, farmers, retailers and seed sellers can hit the ground running and get the most out of the technology while using it responsibly,” says Damon Palmer, U.S. commercial leader for the Enlist Weed Control System. “In-field demonstrations and learning opportunities are an important step in that preparation.”
Dow AgroSciences is employing a multifaceted approach to education. Enlist field specialists and team members demonstrated how the system will work at regional Dow AgroSciences Technology Centers in Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota and Tennessee. The six locations showed the Enlist system across various environments and soil types and on a range of resistant and tough weed species.
Training participants learned about the three components of the Enlist system: Enlist traits, Enlist Duo herbicide with Colex-D Technology and the Enlist Ahead management resource.
Field demonstrations of Enlist Duo herbicide and on-target application
Drift and volatility demonstrations highlighted how Enlist Duo herbicide with Colex-D Technology — a proprietary blend of new 2,4-D choline and glyphosate — reduces the potential for off-target movement compared with a tank mix of glyphosate and traditional 2,4-D.
As Pat Larson, seed corn specialist with Crop Production Services of Marion, Ind., explains, reduced drift and volatility are essential for his area. Coupling the advanced technology of a labeled application of Enlist Duo herbicide with recommended best management practices will help growers achieve an on-target application.
“What excites me the most is that you are going to be able to use Enlist and get those weeds that have been resistant to glyphosate without a drift problem,” Larson says. “So we aren’t going to be damaging our neighbor’s corn crops, bean crops or tomato crops. Tomatoes are big in our area. It’s exciting.”
At plot locations, attendees were greeted by a display of weeds common to their area. Giant ragweed, lambsquarters, waterhemp and Palmer amaranth stood in a small plot marked untreated. As the participants continued their training, they observed a clean plot that had been treated with a preemergent soil-applied residual herbicide followed by Enlist Duo herbicide.
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