What is in this article?:
- Taking on tough weeds
- Waiting in the wings
Herbicide-tolerant weeds push crop protection companies to find better solutions. New formulations are coming out this year from the major manufacturers. A solid weed management plan will be vital in maintaining good yields this year.
Waiting in the wings
What will likely garner a lion’s share of the attention when it comes to crop protection products will be the buildup to some highly anticipated product launches in 2015. Both Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist Weed Control System and Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System are anticipating regulatory approval in time for the 2015 growing season.
Enlist has already been making waves, with more than 5,000 retailers, seed sellers and growers participating in early field training in 2013. “We want to prepare the industry for the introduction of this new technology, so that when it’s available, farmers, retailers and seed sellers can hit the ground running and get the most out of the technology while using it responsibly,” according to Damon Palmer, U.S. commercial leader for the Enlist Weed Control System. “In-field demonstrations and learning opportunities are an important step in that preparation.”
Training participants learned about the three components of the Enlist system: Enlist traits, Enlist Duo herbicide with Colex-D Technology and the Enlist Ahead management resource.
Pending regulatory approvals, Dow AgroSciences expects to launch Enlist corn and soybeans in 2015, with cotton to follow.
Monsanto is anticipating two products for release in 2015 (pending regulatory approval) to coincide with the launch of the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System. Roundup Xtend will be a glyphosate-dicamba pre-mix, and XtendiMax will be a dicamba product. The company will have several Learning XPerience sites set up this summer.
And Syngenta is close to launching a new selective herbicide for corn. While still under development, SYN-A197 is for burndown and residual weed control in corn. SYN-A197 will contain four active ingredients and three modes of action that will offer built-in corn weed resistance management and product stewardship. One of the four active ingredients is a new one — bicyclopyrone — an HPPD-inhibiting herbicide. SYN-A197 is anticipated to control a broad spectrum of broadleaf weeds and annual grasses, including giant ragweed, common ragweed, marestail, kochia, Palmer amaranth, waterhemp, cocklebur and morningglory.