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Weed resistance is getting increasingly worse across American farmland, and the Enlist™ Weed Control System will be an important tool for farmers to control several difficult-to-manage weed species, according to research presented at the just-completed
Weed Science Society of America’s (WSSA) national meeting in Baltimore, Md. Results from dozens of studies during the past two years indicate a program approach including Enlist Duo™ herbicide with Colex-D™ Technology will provide greater than 95 percent control of several key weed species that are tough-to-control or glyphosate resistant. In addition, Colex-D Technology used with best application practices reduced drift by up to 90 percent compared to other 2,4-D and glyphosate herbicide formulations.
Researchers from Dow AgroSciences and a university collaborator shared data and details relating to the company’s highly anticipated Enlist™ Weed Control System which is awaiting regulatory approvals.
“The base chemistry in the Enlist system is the most extensively studied herbicide in American agriculture, and our most recent data confirms that our new innovative formulation will enable farmers to keep troublesome weeds under control,” says Mark Peterson, global biology leader for the Enlist system, Dow AgroSciences.
Peterson also spoke on a panel regarding the path forward for herbicide-resistant weed management. The scientist reinforced there is broad agreement among all involved in the discussion that the best way to address resistant weeds is to provide greater diversity to weed management programs.
“Herbicides have been shown to be a key part of efficient, sustainable weed management systems that maximize production while preserving soil and water resources,” Peterson said. “It is important to note that herbicide-tolerant crops have enabled great advances in soil conservation and carbon sequestration – having farmers go back to widespread tillage to control weeds will negate those environmental advances. New technologies, such as Enlist, will enable more modes of action, increasing weed management diversity and sustainability.”