This summer, farmers have reported not only exceptional control of their toughest weeds with Enlist Duo herbicide, but are also impressed with how it stays on target.
Herbicide-resistant weeds are spreading, spurring the search for effective new options. The Enlist weed control system provides effective control of difficult and resistant weeds by allowing farmers to employ multiple effective modes of action. Just as important, farmers are seeing that when they apply Enlist Duo herbicide according to label directions, the herbicide stays where it is applied.
Cotton grower have had access to the full Enlist system this year, and have applied Enlist Duo to the more than 500,000 acres of PhytoGen cottonseed varieties featuring the Enlist trait that were planted this year.
“When we applied the 2,4-D choline, it seemed to stick really well,” says Austin Warbington, who grows cotton and peanuts in Georgia. “I don’t believe we had any off-target movement anywhere that I could see.”
Warbington farms in an area where on-target application is critical and wants a product that stays where he applies it. Jack Kent of Arkansas has similar needs. This summer, Kent used Enlist Duo on both Enlist cotton and Enlist soybeans (the latter grown as part of a stewarded Field Forward program that gives farmers the opportunity to try new technology before commercialization.)
“We’ve had no drift issues whatsoever,” Kent says. “There was nothing detectible anywhere around me.”
Enlist Duo herbicide features Colex-D technology, which limits drift and greatly reduces volatility.
“We don’t want any off-target movement,” adds Warbington. “I think the 2,4-D choline is really a better alternative.”
Kent saw exceptional suppression of troublesome pigweed. “The weed control is beyond belief, better than anything we’ve had,” he says. “If you’re not familiar with pigweeds, they’re very aggressive, and they never stop coming at you. It’s a constant pressure.
“Every part about this system has worked really well,” he says. “This is the best-looking cotton that’s ever been on this farm so far.”
Kent sees the Enlist system as a way to control his toughest weeds while not putting susceptible crops at risk.
“I believe if you will do what it says on the label of Enlist Duo, you’re not going to have any problems,” he says. “If we follow the rules, I feel confident that this particular herbicide is going to do exactly what it’s supposed to do.”
Enlist Duo is an important element in a program approach to weed control. Farmers who plant Enlist crops should apply burndown and residual herbicides, then follow postemergence with Enlist Duo, which features 2,4-D choline and glyphosate. In cotton and soybeans, the Enlist trait package also offers tolerance to glufosinate.
Additional information about the Enlist system is available online.
Source – Dow AgroSciences