Dow AgroSciences statement:
Consistent with USDA’s recent announcement, we are confident in the value that the Enlist Weed Control System will provide to agriculture. We will continue to support our customers by working with USDA/APHIS to get the much-needed Enlist technologies approved for commercial use as soon as possible.
As noted by USDA in today’s announcement, the herbicides in question have been “safely and widely used across the country since the 1960s” and these new crop traits “would provide farmers the flexibility for new applications of these herbicides, while also offering farmers additional crop planting options.”
Four years ago, Dow AgroSciences began submissions of a robust and thorough data package to support the Enlist traits. Since that time, glyphosate-resistant and hard-to-control weeds have spread across our nation’s farmland. Twenty-five states are now affected and the number of new acres infested in 2012 increased by 50% over the previous year.
These adverse trends will continue without new state-of-the-art solutions like the Enlist Weed Control System.
Dow is opening five technology centers this year dedicated to Enlist and the Enlist 360 learning series in the Midwest and the South. Growers, retailers and seed sellers can take part in interactive, field-based training designed to familiarize them with all aspects of the Enlist technology, from product performance, to application and best management practices.
This year, Dow AgroSciences also intends to offer Enlist plots at seed company and retailer locations across the Corn Belt. Additionally, plans are underway to allow evaluation of farmer-experience plots, providing farmers an opportunity to manage the technology and observe control of tough weed species on their farm.