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Dow AgroSciences Launches Enlist Cotton

Dow AgroSciences announced the launch of Enlist cotton for the 2016 growing season. Enlist cotton will provide crop tolerance to Enlist Duo herbicide — a combination of glyphosate and new 2,4-D choline — and full tolerance to glufosinate herbicides.

“Enlist Duo is not yet registered for use on Enlist cotton,” says Jonathan Siebert, Enlist field sales leader. “We anticipate Enlist Duo herbicide will be registered for use on Enlist cotton prior to herbicide application in 2016.”

Should the registration of Enlist Duo not be received in time for application, Dow AgroSciences will work with growers to utilize and recommend an integrated weed-management program on their farm that could include residual herbicides, glyphosate, and glufosinate, says Siebert.

Enlist Duo herbicide is optimized for on-target application with Dow AgroSciences’ proprietary Colex-D technology. Colex-D technology not only minimizes the potential for physical drift and provides near-zero volatility but also decreases odor and improves handling, according to a company report. Enlist cotton will be available in PhytoGen cottonseed - stacked with Genuity Roundup Ready Flex and WideStrike 3 Insect Protection.

“This marks the first trait within the Enlist weed control system to be launched,” says Brian Barker, U.S. seeds general manager, Dow AgroSciences. “Dow AgroSciences is excited to bring forward this innovative technology in PhytoGen cottonseed to U.S. cotton growers for the 2016 season. It provides the much-needed, improved weed control to help maximize yield.”

The diverse agricultural landscape throughout the Cotton Belt means specialty crops may be located near cotton acres. Mississippi grower Trey Koger, who participated in the grower research plots, says it’s important to be mindful of neighbors’ crops when making a herbicide application.

“We have a lot of crops growing in close proximity to one another, such as rice, grain sorghum, and peanuts,” Koger says. “I had no issues at all with drift or volatility with Enlist Duo. The Enlist cotton field shows that we’ll be able to utilize this technology to help us manage glyphosate-resistant and hard-to-control weeds.”

With tolerance to three distinct modes of action (2,4-D, glyphosate, and glufosinate), Enlist cotton gives growers more flexibility in their weed-control programs. Using multiple modes of action delivers proven results, controlling resistant weeds in the field while helping growers prevent resistance for seasons to come. Currently, 84 million acres are infested with resistant and hard-to-control weeds in the U.S.

Update on Enlist Duo herbicide on Enlist corn and Enlist soybeans
“The Environmental Protection Agency requested a vacatur of Enlist Duo for use on Enlist corn and Enlist soybeans in November,” says Siebert. “Dow AgroSciences is confident in the extensive data supporting Enlist Duo herbicide and provided additional data to assure that the conditions of registered use of the product will continue to protect the environment, including threatened and endangered plant species. With U.S. farmers’ need for access to Enlist Duo to control resistant weeds and the comprehensive assessments already conducted for the herbicide, Dow AgroSciences expects these new evaluations will result in a prompt resolution.”

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