New Trait Technology Announced

March 2, 2011 02:13 AM

You’ve known it for years as DHT (Dow Herbicide Tolerant Trait) Technology. The new herbicide tolerant trait system that will provide tolerance to 2,4-D and glyphosate now has an official name. It’s called Enlist Weed Control System.

It’s still pending regulatory approval, but farmers like Malcolm Haigwood are eager for approval of the system that will give them additional over-the-top control of tough weeds like Palmer amaranth. “We currently have five or six different weed species that are extremely hard-to-control,” says Haigwood, Newport, Ark. “We are going to have to do some changing in the next two or three years because of this challenge.”
Developed by Dow AgroSciences, the new trait technology was developed with the help of the growers who intend to use it says Damon Palmer, Dow AgroSciences U.S. commercial leader, Enlist Weed Control System. “In a recent grower survey, 96% of growers said they want a system that improves on the glyphosate-tolerant system they have integrated into their operations.”
Palmer says the technology will be delivered in elite germplasm. It will be stacked with the glyphosate-tolerant trait, as well as insect resistant traits. Commercial launch in the United States of the Enlist Weed Control System is anticipated in corn for the 2013 crop year with other crops to follow.

Dow AgroSciences is expected to make further announcements this week at Commodity Classic that will shed light on how the associated chemistry will be formulated.


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