The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its proposed decision to register Enlist Duo herbicide for use with the Enlist Weed Control System from Dow AgroSciences.
The EPA also opened a 30-day comment period, giving growers and others an opportunity to provide input on Enlist Duo before the agency makes its final registration decision.
Enlist Duo is a proprietary blend of new 2,4-D choline and glyphosate. By combining two modes of action, Enlist Duo will control and help prevent further development of herbicide-resistant weeds. The herbicide features Dow’s Colex-D Technology, which provides stewardship and user benefits, including minimized potential for physical drift, ultra-low volatility, reduced odor and better handling characteristics.
“In its review, the EPA acknowledged the significant scientific advancements Dow AgroSciences made with Enlist Duo herbicide as it relates to off-target movement,” says Damon Palmer, U.S. commercial leader for Enlist with Dow AgroSciences. “Enlist Duo herbicide will help solve the tremendous weed control challenges that growers are facing, and it will do so with technology optimized for on-target application.”
In its Proposed Registration of Enlist Duo Herbicide, EPA says it has a “full and scientifically robust data set on 2,4-D” with respect to human health. Regulatory agencies in more than 70 countries – including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Canada, Japan, Australia and the U.S. – have authorized the use of 2,4-D since 2001 using modern regulatory requirements.
The draft label for Enlist Duo includes proposed registration for six Midwestern states. Dow AgroSciences is working with the EPA to expand the list of states in time for the technology’s launch.
Pending regulatory approvals, Dow AgroSciences expects to launch Enlist corn and Enlist soybeans in 2015, with Enlist cotton to follow in 2016.
Those interested in showing support for Enlist Duo herbicide during the comment period can sign the petition at AdvanceFarming.com or leave a comment on the EPA docket.
Additional information about the Enlist Weed Control System is available on the Enlist website.
Source – Dow AgroSciences