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Dow AgroSciences, Save Our Crops Coalition Reach Agreement

Agriculture.com Staff 09/12/2012 @ 11:07am

Dow AgroSciences and the Save Our Crops Coalition have are calling a truce in this summer’s battle over Dow’s Enlist Weed Control System. The two entities released a statement this week announcing a resolution to disagreements over the herbicide-tolerant trait system that’s set to debut in corn in 2013 and soybeans in 2015.

SOCC represents farm interests, such as vegetable growers, concerned about off-target movement from the 2,4-D component of the Enlist system. In a joint statement, here’s what each organization said.

  • SOCC will amend its comments and petitions to USDA and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the extent they challenge applications for approval of Dow AgroSciences’ new seed and herbicide products to be commercialized as part of the Enlist™ Weed Control System. SOCC says commitments made by Dow AgroSciences represent measures to mitigate potential non-target plant damage impacts from herbicide spray drift and volatilization associated with 2,4-D tolerant crops.
  • Dow AgroSciences will request an amendment to its label pending before EPA to include additional statements relating to herbicide applications near sensitive crops. Dow AgroSciences also reaffirms its commitments to assist in the investigation, diagnosis and resolution of alleged non-target claims, and in educating growers and applicators in management practices and proper application to reduce off target movement, especially in areas with sensitive crops.
  • SOCC notes research findings presented by Dow AgroSciences have been published in refereed journal articles. SOCC cites research Dow AgroSciences has made available indicating the reduced drift and volatilization potential of its new herbicide solution for Enlist crops.

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