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China Gives Import Approval for Enlist E3 Soybeans

This move is another step closer for U.S. farmers to gain another weed-management tool.

China is giving the go-ahead for import of Corteva Agriscience’s E3 soybeans, which is the latest step in giving U.S. farmers another weed-management tool.

“We are aware that the China Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) published on its website the intent to issue safety certificates for the DP 4114 trait (Pioneer’s brand Qrome products) and Enlist E3 soybean trait,” says Gregg Schmidt, a Corteva Agriscience spokesman. “We are pleased with this and look forward to receiving the official safety certificates."

Enlist E3 soybean was jointly developed by Dow AgroSciences and MS Technologies. The Enlist system confers herbicide tolerance to a new 2,4-D formulation – 2,4-D choline – and glyphosate in corn, soybeans, and cotton and fop herbicides in corn. Herbicide options include Enlist Duo, a mix of glyphosate, and 2,4-D choline. Enlist One is straight 2,4-D choline that can be tank-mixed with approved label herbicides.

Lack of Chinese import approval had been a sticking point in Corteva Agrisceince not widely debuting the Enlist E3 soybean trait in 2018. 

“If I could say there is one silver lining – or perhaps as Dave (Hillger, Corteva Agriscience field specialist) puts it, an aluminum foil lining to our later-anticipated launch date – is that it has given us a chance to refine our breeding program,” said Shawna Hubbard, product marketing manager with Corteva Agriscience last summer.

 “We have even more zeroed in on the best varieties for a particular maturity.” Reuters reported that other newly import approved products included BASF’s RF3 canola and Bayer-owned Monsanto’s glyphosate-tolerant MON 88302 canola, and the SYHT0H2 soybean developed by Bayer CropScience and Syngenta but now held by BASF. 

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