The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued its decision deregulating the Enlist corn and soybean traits in the United States. These traits are the key component of the Enlist Weed Control System, a new trait and herbicide technology that will control herbicide-resistant and tough-to-control weeds without crop injury. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency followed with registration of Enlist Duo herbicide with Colex-D Technology for use with Enlist corn and soybeans.

The limiting factor of full introduction of products in 2015 for use by farmers is that China has not approved import of Enlist corn or soybeans; therefore, Dow AgroSciences clarified what will happen for 2015.

The company announced it is selling Enlist Duo herbicide for use with its stewarded activities for Enlist corn and soybeans, but there will be no Enlist soybean seed commercially sold for growing in 2015. Enlist corn seed is available in a very limited amount. Invoice and payment of corn containing the Enlist trait will only occur after Chinese import approval is received. If Chinese approval is not received prior to grain or silage harvest, participating farmers will not make any payment for Enlist corn seed.

In preparation for launch of the Enlist Weed Control System, the company unveiled the Enlist Ahead app, which is designed as a decision-making tool, data resource and stewardship information source for those who will be planting Enlist seed in the future.

The Enlist trait allows the use of Enlist Duo herbicide applied post-emerge over the crop. The herbicide is a proprietary blend of new 2,4-D choline and glyphosate. By combining two modes of action, Enlist Duo will control and help prevent further development of herbicide-resistant weeds. Enlist Duo herbicide has also been optimized for on-target application using Dow’s proprietary Colex-D Technology, which will provide both stewardship and user benefits.