Demonstration of Enlist System is focus of 2013
Dow AgroSciences continues to execute on its launch strategy as it awaits final regulatory approvals for the Enlist Weed Control System—both Enlist-traited seed corn and Enlist Duo herbicide—which is a totally new herbicide-tolerant trait technology. The company has announced its expanding launch activities with field and farmer-focused Enlist experiences for 2013.
Dow AgroSciences now expects the Environmental Protection Agency registrations allowing for the first sale of the Enlist seed and Enlist Duo combination to be too late for sales to farmers for 2013 planting and weed control. The Enlist system for corn is anticipated to be available for sale as part of the spring 2014 crop planning by farmers.
This push back from 2013 Enlist system corn planting will allow Dow AgroSciences to conduct broad introduction and awareness programs at regional and local levels, especially in the Corn Belt, but also in some key corn production areas of the South.
Regional and local field experience plots and on-farm technical plots have been planned to be part of 2013 all along, according to the company. Included in the demonstrations are plans for 100 ag retailer associated plots being set up by Dow AgroSciences sales representatives working with their key accounts under experimental use permitting, said Damon Palmer, U.S. commercial leader, Enlist Weed Control System.
These activities will show both the performance of corn with the Enlist trait and also the crop tolerance and performance of Enlist Duo herbicide with Colex-D Technology 2,4-D and glyphosate herbicide.
“It will open the window of application up, which is one of the key benefits of the Enlist Weed Control System,” said Palmer. “It will give growers a lot wider window of application than they have with a typical 2,4-D product.”
The label submitted to the EPA is for application on the Enlist corn up to V8 stage or 30-inch tall corn, and a weed height chart will be part of the label. Even with a wider window for application, Palmer said use of the herbicide should be at the weed height listed—as will be emphasized and shown in field trials.
“From an industry perspective, we really need to be focusing on application from a weed-height standpoint,” he said.
Trying to push the envelope on how big a weed can be sprayed could have some impact on weed resistance that has occurred when not all the weeds in a field are killed. More and more weeds have become increasingly unmanageable across the Midwest and South in a rapid timeframe.