Dow AgroSciences and Monsanto are asking farmers who are attending the 2014 Commodity Classic to stop by their respective booths to sign online petitions to show support for the Enlist and RoundupReady Xtend technologies.
For corn and soybean farmers struggling to keep a lid on tough-to-control weeds while producing high-yielding crops, the introduction of new products currently in the pipeline can’t happen soon enough. As such, farmers attending the 2014 Commodity Classic in San Antonio are being asked by representatives at Dow AgroSciences and Monsanto to stop by their booths during the event to sign petitions in support of their respective technologies.
Pending regulatory approval, Dow representatives hope to launch their Enlist Weed Control System in 2015. The system’s seed traits will be featured in Enlist corn, Enlist E3 soybeans and Enlist soybeans with Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield. Farmers will use the new corn and soybean products in tandem with the company’s Enlist Duo herbicide, a proprietary blend of glyphosate and 2,4-D choline.
Monsanto officials also plan to launch their Monsanto Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Soybeans next year, pending regulatory approval. This new trait and herbicide system will contain the Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield trait technology stacked with a trait tolerant to dicamba as well as glyphosate herbicides. The herbicides will be paired in a premix, Roundup Xtend Herbicide.
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A comment period for farmers is currently in place by USDA for the Enlist system.
"We encourage growers, retailers and others to make their voices heard at the USDA on the need for new weed control technology such as Enlist," says Damon Palmer, U.S. commercial leader for the Enlist Weed Control System.
Palmer says farmers not attending the Commodity Classic can sign a petition in support of Enlist at Advancefarming.com/petition.htm. Growers also are encouraged to check out product information at enlist.com and follow the Twitter handle @EnlistOnline.
Monsanto officials expect a comment period for dicamba to be made available by USDA sometime this spring, according to John Combest, company spokesman.
"We’ll collect farmers’ comments and when the public comment period for dicamba opens, we’ll submit them on their behalf to USDA," Combest says. "This is a good opportunity for farmers to come by, weigh-in on the technology and let their voices be heard."