Speak Up for Herbicide Technology

April 1, 2014 09:47 PM
Speak Up for Herbicide Technology

For corn and soybean farmers struggling to keep a lid on tough-to-control weeds while producing high-yielding crops, the introduction of products currently in the pipeline can’t happen soon enough. As such, farmers who attended the 2014 Commodity Classic in San Antonio were asked by representatives from Dow AgroSciences and Monsanto Company to sign petitions in support of their respective technologies.

Pending regulatory approval, Dow representatives hope to launch their Enlist Weed Control System in 2015. 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 and glyphosate herbicides. The herbicides will be paired in a premix called Roundup Xtend Herbicide.

A comment period for farmers is currently in place by USDA for the Enlist system. Damon Palmer, U.S. commercial leader for the Enlist Weed Control System, says farmers who did not attend Commodity Classic can sign a petition in support of Enlist at AdvanceFarming.com/petition.htm. Producers 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. 

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