Crop Tech

January 28, 2017 02:13 AM
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Enlist Duo Registration Expands


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has  expanded the geography for Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist Duo herbicide from 15 to 34 states. This expansion covers most corn and soybean growing acres in the U.S. In addition, EPA allows Enlist Duo to be used in Enlist cotton varieties.

Enlist Duo combines glyphosate and 2,4-D choline and uses Colex-D technology. Dow says Colex-D technology provides farmers with four critical benefits:

  • Minimized risk of physical drift compared with traditional 2,4-D and glyphosate
  • Volatility is reduced by 96% compared with 2,4-D ester
  • Low odor
  • Better handling

As of Jan. 13, 2017, Enlist Duo is approved in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. See the product label for specific county restrictions.

Dow is awaiting import approvals before launching Enlist soybeans and corn. Until approved, the crops cannot be planted in any U.S. state. Enlist cotton will be available this spring in PhytoGen varieties. 

A Glimpse Into BioAg Alliance’s Pipeline

The collaboration between Monsanto and Novozymes, BioAg Alliance, is producing new options for farmers using microbes. The group says yield increases among the top microbial strains produced an average of more than 3 bu. per acre for corn and more than 2 bu. per acre for soybeans.

Leaders in the developmental pipeline include:

  • Acceleron B-200 SAT, available in 2017, increases soybean plants’ nutrient uptake.
  • Acceleron B-300 SAT, available in 2017, is an upstream corn inoculant to increase nutrient uptake to increase yields by more than 3 bu. per acre. 
  • Corn BioYield 2, estimated launch in 2019, combines Acceleron B-300 SAT with signal molecule lipo-chitooligosaccharide to enhance root and shoot development and improve nutrient uptake.
  • Corn BioYield 3 is a new corn inoculant and anticipated to be the first product invented and developed from discovery to launch through BioAg Alliance.
  • Soy BioNematicide is a nematode control against multiple nematodes including soybean cyst nematode.

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EPA Approves DuPont Seed Treatment

DuPont’s new fungicide seed treatment, Lumisena, is used in sunflowers and soybeans to fight against common fungal pathogens.

The active ingredient, oxathiapiprolin, controls pathogens to help plants quickly emerge and develop strong roots. DuPont claims soybeans treated with Lumisena show 32% less phytophthora sojae and sunflowers showed up to 96% less downy mildew damage compared with untreated seeds.

The product will have a low use rate and will be used in demonstration plots this year. The treatment will be available on 2018 Pioneer brand seeds.

Import Approval for Balance GT Soybeans

China has approved Bayer and MS Technologies’ Balance GT Soybeans for import. With the European Union’s previous approval, the companies are closer to a full U.S. commercial launch. 

Balance GT Soybeans provide tolerance to glyphosate and HPPD inhibitors (group 27). The accompanying herbicide, Balance Bean, combines these sites of action for over-the-top use in soybeans with tolerant traits, but it has not gained regulatory approval. Bayer and MS Technologies will wait to launch Balance GT Soybeans until the herbicide gains regulatory approval. 


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