Dow AgroSciences is more than tripling the number of field training locations this summer to demonstrate the Enlist Weed Control System and other company products.
The Enlist system is a new herbicide-tolerant trait technology that targets resistant weed control issues for growers who have been relying on glyphosate alone.
As resistance spreads, growers and retailers are looking for an effective tool to manage weeds and weed resistance.
We have had resistance issues for several years,” says Adam Lassiter, ag retailer in North Carolina and Virginia. “It varies. The farther south you go, it is worse, and the farther north, it is not so bad. It is an issue, and it concerns all of our growers.”
The company is focusing on training and learning opportunities for the Enlist system as the technology awaits regulatory approvals. Pending those approvals, Dow AgroSciences expects to launch Enlist corn and soybeans in 2015, with Enlist cotton and E3 soybeans to follow.
The regional technology centers feature all aspects of the technology – crops containing Enlist herbicide-tolerant traits, Enlist Duo herbicide with Colex-D Technology and the Enlist Ahead management resource.
“Through field training, we are bringing the solution closer to the customer,” said Damon Palmer, U.S. commercial leader for the Enlist system. “We want them to see the Enlist system firsthand and understand how it works.”
The Enlist system will be featured across multiple environments and soil types and will showcase control of a range of resistant and tough weed species. Each technology center will include crops, weeds and management practices common to the area and will demonstrate a best practice program approach to control and prevent herbicide-resistant weeds.
The technology centers in the South will feature Enlist corn, soybeans, cotton and E3soybeans. Plots will show the tolerance of each crop to Enlist Duo, and drift and volatility stations will demonstrate how the technology reduces the potential for off-target movement.
Enlist Duo with Colex-D Technology is a proprietary blend of new 2,4-D choline and glyphosate that provides ultra-low volatility, minimized drift potential, decreased odor and improved handling characteristics. Mississippi State University research confirms up to a 96 percent reduction in volatility when using Enlist Duo compared with traditional 2,4-D products.
Field training is a component of the benefits-based Enlist Ahead management resource. Enlist Ahead is designed to help growers and applicators succeed while promoting the responsible use of the Enlist system. Additional benefits such as technology advancements, education and training and management recommendations will also be highlighted.
“Knowledge is important to sustaining the technology for the long term,” Palmer says. “As we work to bring the technology to our customers, we will continue to provide the training and education they need to be successful.”
For more information on dates and locations, contact your local retailer or Dow AgroSciences sales representative or Enlist field specialist. More information about the Enlist Weed Control System is available online, on a special YouTube channel or on Twitter.
Source – Dow AgroSciences