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Enlist Corn Trait Approved for Import to China, Available for 2018
Enlist corn will be available for farmers in the U.S. starting in the 2018 growing season. Dow AgroSciences made the announcement after China approved the import of corn grown with the new trait. The announcement was made yesterday along with approval for Monsanto’s Vistive Gold soybeans and renewed approvals for 14 other GMO crops.
China promised a speedier approval process for GMO crops last month as the U.S. announced that China would resume U.S. beef imports.
“We appreciate the efforts of the U.S. and China governments under the 100 Day Initiative,” says Tim Hassinger, president and CEO Dow AgroSciences. “We look forward to continuing to work with China and its regulatory process for additional trait approvals so we can bring farmers new and much-needed technology.”
Developed for use with Enlist corn, cotton, and soybeans, Enlist Duo herbicide is designed to manage herbicide-resistant and hard-to-control weeds. The herbicide has been optimized for on-target application using Colex-D technology. Among other benefits, Colex-D technology minimizes the potential for physical drift and provides near-zero volatility. Enlist Duo herbicide is currently registered in 34 states.
The Enlist corn trait will be available as SmartStax Enlist and PowerCore enlist hybrids.
Dow is still waiting for final import approval from China and the European Union before it launches Enlist Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans and Enlist E3 soybeans. The Enlist cotton trait was launched in 2016 in PhytoGen brand cottonseed varieties.