Select growers in the Corn Belt are reporting on their experiences with the first grower-led research plots for the Enlist Weed Control System. The plots were designed to give growers experience managing all aspects of the new herbicide-tolerant technology, including the Enlist corn trait, Enlist Duo herbicide with Colex-D Technology and the Enlist Ahead management resource. Growers provided feedback to Dow AgroSciences as the company prepares to launch the technology.
The Enlist plots were managed by the grower at each location in eight states, including Indiana farmer Doug Morrow of Grant County.
“The most important thing for the Enlist system on our operation is the ability to kill weeds that are now resistant to Roundup.”
Morrow received plenty of support from Enlist technical and agronomic field specialists from Dow AgroSciences. Ninety-percent of the trial participants rated Enlist higher than their current weed control programs in controlling glyphosate-resistant and hard-to-control weeds.
“The best advice I could give someone who wants to incorporate Enlist Duo on their farm is if they’re already familiar with 2-4,D and they’re already familiar with glyphosate and they know they have a weed problem, resistant weed issues coming on, that it only makes sense. Plant the technology. Spray your fields and take care of your problem.”
Participants were satisfied with the overall level of weed control, the wide application window and multiple modes of action. Morrow says he was pleased with his experience with the Enlist research plot and that the system is important to the future of his farm.
“I want to pass it on to the next generation. I’ve got a 3 year old who shows a lot of interest in farming. I don’t want him to come out here one day and try to raise marestail and pigweed. I want him to raise corn, soybeans, wheat, tomatoes, whatever he wants to put on this land, he should be able to produce it.”
Pending regulatory approvals, Dow AgroSciences expects to launch Enlist corn, Enlist E3 soybeans and Enlist soybeans with Roundup Ready 2 Yield in 2015, with cotton to follow.
Source: NAFB News Service