Monthly Archives: January 2014

Enlist Technology Advances in USDA Regulatory Process in 2014

Collaboration, positive field experiences highlights of 2013 

Dow AgroSciences concluded another year of collaborative research, field-based experiences, and outreach to stakeholders on the Enlist Weed Control System. The technology, for which U.S. regulatory approvals are currently pending, is also moving to the next step in the review process. On Jan. 3, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the completion of its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the Enlist corn and soybean traits.

“This is an exciting next step toward bringing Enlist to American farmers,” says Damon Palmer, U.S. Commercial Leader, Enlist Weed Control System, Dow AgroSciences. “We’ve just concluded another year focused on collaboration and education—all to pave the way for a successful introduction of the technology.”

New data is released; experts weigh in

Enlist_Logo_Horz_TagUniversity and Dow AgroSciences research trials in 2013 showed exceptional weed control across resistant and susceptible species. Enlist Duoherbicide with Colex-D Technology, a proprietary blend of glyphosate and new 2,4-D choline, will be the herbicide for use with Enlist crops when commercialized. Dow AgroSciences will recommend a program approach to weed management that includes Enlist Duo and a residual herbicide, such as Sonic® in soybeans. The research trials, conducted across the Midwest and Mid-South, showed 98 to 100 percent control on waterhemp, velvetleaf, ragweeds, palmer amaranth and morningglory.

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Farmers who participated in the on-farm grower research plots  in 2013 saw similar results. All participants rated broadleaf and grass weed control in the highest percentile (90 to 100 percent) and provided positive feedback on herbicide handling.

International weed science expert, Stephen Powles, Ph.D., also provided input on Enlist in 2013. Powles, a renowned herbicide resistance researcher, met with Dow AgroSciences to review research on Enlist and discuss stewardship and weed resistance management. “We are on a trajectory for continued weed resistance and thus major adverse impact on crop productivity. To fight resistance we need herbicide diversity and alternative technologies. Enlist is one such diversity tool,” says Powles. “American farmers need these tools now.”

Listening and information exchange make an impact

In addition to a successful season of training and on-farm research plots, Dow AgroSciences continued to meet with agricultural and non-agricultural stakeholders to exchange information and receive input on Enlist. Specialty crop growers, including grape and tomato growers, learned about the Enlist system and the Enlist Ahead management resource, a program to help farmers succeed while responsibly managing the technology.

Dow AgroSciences also heard from stakeholders closer to home: farm moms.

“I wear many hats in my life,” says Emily Mohn from Minnesota. “I’m a mom, an emergency medical technician, a farm wife, a friend. Given my many roles, it gives me peace of mind to know that Dow AgroSciences has extensively researched Enlist, and is helping farmers learn how to manage it properly.”

USDA will open comment period on Enlist 

USDA recently moved the Enlist corn and soybean traits to the next step in the regulatory process by announcing the availability of the DEIS. According to USDA, on January 10 there will be a notice in the Federal Register announcing the opening of a comment period for the DEIS. The comment period is an opportunity for growers and others to provide input on the Enlist corn and soybean traits as USDA conducts its review.

“Comment periods are a key way for farmers to make their voices heard in the regulatory process,” says Bart Schott, former president, National Corn Growers Association. “I would absolutely encourage growers to tell the USDA farmers need access to new technology like Enlist. Technology enables us to compete in the global economy.”

Pending regulatory approvals, Dow AgroSciences expects to launch Enlist corn and soybeans in 2015, with cotton to follow.

For more information, visit Enlist.com or follow on Twitter® at @EnlistOnline.

®™Colex-D, DMA, DOW Diamond, Duramax, Durango, Enlist, Enlist Duo, FirstRate, FulTime, Hornet, Instinct, Keystone, N-Serve, Python, Sonic, SureStart, Surpass and Surveil are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT and Keystone NXT are federally Restricted Use Pesticides. State restrictions on the sale and use of Hornet WDG apply. Consult the label before purchase or use for full details. Duramax, Durango DMA, FulTime NXT, Instinct II, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, Sonic, SureStart, Surpass NXT and Surveil Co pack are not registered for sale or use in all states. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, SureStart and Surpass NXT are not available for sale, distribution or use in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the state of New York. Do not fall-apply anhydrous ammonia south of Highway 16 in the state of Illinois. Regulatory approvals are pending for the Enlist herbicide solution and crops containing Enlist herbicide tolerance traits. The information presented here is not an offer for sale of Enlist. Always read and follow label directions. ©2014 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Your Guide to Corn Herbicides in 2014

By Brittany Loewen, Product Manager, Corn Herbicides
Dow AgroSciences

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With continued glyphosate resistance and weather delays similar to what we experienced last year, growers need dependable weed control along with flexible application options. Fortunately, both are key features they will find in the Dow AgroSciences corn herbicide portfolio.

In last August’s Inputs & Insights poll question,* “Which late-emerging weed concerns you and your customers the most this year?”, 64 percent of surveyed retailers said waterhemp. Velvetleaf was the second-most-concerning weed, followed by kochia.

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SureStartSureStart® herbicide followed by Durango® DMA®herbicide provides 98 percent control of waterhemp, based on university trials.1 Growers can proactively combat waterhemp and more than 60 different hard-to-control weeds with SureStart, which contains three nonglyphosate modes of action. SureStart also offers a flexible application window from preplant through postemergence so growers can overcome weather delays and spray when convenient.

Furthermore, we introduced four enhanced brands in 2013 — Keystone® NXT, Keystone® LA NXT, FulTime® NXT and Surpass® NXT. These herbicides provide dependable control of annual grasses and broadleaves, including cocklebur, giant ragweed and velvetleaf. The enhanced formulations still have the flexibility to be applied from preplant to early postemergence and can be used alone or in combination with many preemergence and postemergence corn herbicides.

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Last spring, we also learned more about your customers’ tank-mixing preferences. The April poll question* asked “How many of your corn growers tank-mix a residual herbicide?” and nearly 70 percent of respondents answered “More than 50%.”

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For enhanced control, FulTime NXT, Keystone NXT, Keystone LA NXT and Surpass NXT offer excellent tank-mix compatibility. These herbicides can be applied in tank-mix combinations for either conventional, reduced-till or no-till systems — as well as postemergence applications to corn up to 11 inches tall. SureStart also provides flexible tank-mix-compatibility with glyphosate, atrazine, 2,4-D and other commonly used herbicides (refer to the label for a complete list).

In 2014, your customers can look forward to the same consistent performance of SureStart along with additional crop opportunities, shorter rotation intervals and better handling from Keystone NXT, Keystone LA NXT, FulTime NXT and Surpass NXT.

For more information, contact your local sales representative and visit FulTimeNXT.com, KeystoneLANXT.com, KeystoneNXT.com, SurpassNXT.com and SureStart.com.

®™Colex-D, DMA, DOW Diamond, Duramax, Durango, Enlist, Enlist Duo, FirstRate, FulTime, Hornet, Instinct, Keystone, N-Serve, Python, Sonic, SureStart, Surpass and Surveil are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT and Keystone NXT are federally Restricted Use Pesticides. State restrictions on the sale and use of Hornet WDG apply. Consult the label before purchase or use for full details. Duramax, Durango DMA, FulTime NXT, Instinct II, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, Sonic, SureStart, Surpass NXT and Surveil Co pack are not registered for sale or use in all states. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, SureStart and Surpass NXT are not available for sale, distribution or use in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the state of New York. Do not fall-apply anhydrous ammonia south of Highway 16 in the state of Illinois. Regulatory approvals are pending for the Enlist herbicide solution and crops containing Enlist herbicide tolerance traits. The information presented here is not an offer for sale of Enlist. Always read and follow label directions. ©2014 Dow AgroSciences LLC

WEED OF THE MONTH: Giant Ragweed

Trends:

  • Previous cases of giant ragweed typically have been found in undisturbed areas, such as fencerows and ditches. Over the past two decades, giant ragweed populations have spread and become problematic to many fields across the Corn Belt.3
  • These three factors are commonly mentioned as causes of increased giant ragweed prevalence:3
    • Crop rotation and tillage
    • The influence of stem-boring insects on herbicide efficacy
    • Herbicide resistance

Resistance statistics:*

According to WeedScience.org:

  • Herbicide classes:

– ALS inhibitors:

– IA, IL, IN, OH

– Glycine (glyphosate):

– AR, IA, IN, KS, MN, MO, MS, NE, OH, TN, WI

  • Multiple resistances:

– ALS inhibitors and glyphosate:

– MN, MO, OH

*Resistance confirmation does not necessarily include all weeds and may vary among different areas of each state.

Weed management tips:

Scott Ditmarsen, field scientist, Dow AgroSciences, says:

  • Scout early. Giant ragweed has an early and extended germination period, so begin scouting early in the growing season. Pay close attention to areas in fields with richer soils that have higher levels of organic matter.
  • Utilize multiple modes of action. Giant ragweed is extremely competitive and at full maturity can reach a height of eight feet. It is difficult to control with a single soil or postemergence herbicide application. For best control, growers should utilize both pre- and postemergence treatments. A burndown herbicide and/or aggressive tillage prior to planting are the most effective ways to eliminate early germinating plants that can out-compete the crop.

Dow AgroSciences weed control solutions:

Corn:

*Regulatory approvals are pending for the Enlist herbicide solution and crops containing Enlist herbicide tolerance traits. This is not an offer for sale of Enlist.

Soybean:

*Regulatory approvals are pending for the Enlist herbicide solution and crops containing Enlist herbicide tolerance traits. This is not an offer for sale of Enlist.

Additional information:

1PLANTS Profile. U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources and Conservation Service website. http://plants.usda.gov.
2MSU Weed Science: Giant Ragweed. http://www.msuweeds.com/worst-weeds/giant-ragweed/.
3Biology and Management of Giant Ragweed. http://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/BP/GWC-12.pdf.

®™Colex-D, DMA, DOW Diamond, Duramax, Durango, Enlist, Enlist Duo, FirstRate, FulTime, Hornet, Instinct, Keystone, N-Serve, Python, Sonic, SureStart, Surpass and Surveil are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT and Keystone NXT are federally Restricted Use Pesticides. State restrictions on the sale and use of Hornet WDG apply. Consult the label before purchase or use for full details. Duramax, Durango DMA, FulTime NXT, Instinct II, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, Sonic, SureStart, Surpass NXT and Surveil Co pack are not registered for sale or use in all states. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, SureStart and Surpass NXT are not available for sale, distribution or use in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the state of New York. Do not fall-apply anhydrous ammonia south of Highway 16 in the state of Illinois. Regulatory approvals are pending for the Enlist herbicide solution and crops containing Enlist herbicide tolerance traits. The information presented here is not an offer for sale of Enlist. Always read and follow label directions. ©2014 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Protect Fertilizer Investments by Stabilizing Nitrogen This Spring

When spring weather arrives, unstabilized nitrogen is vulnerable to leaching and dentrification, which can significantly reduce the yield potential of corn. By applying a nitrogen stabilizer in the spring, growers can rest easier knowing their corn plants have nitrogen when it’s most needed.

“Optimizing nitrogen management is really about managing risk efficiently,” says Lara Moody, director of stewardship programs for The Fertilizer Institute. “When we look back at recent weather patterns in the Midwestern Corn Belt, one thing we can say is that they were unpredicted extremes. If these weather patterns continue, and some say they will, then putting all of your eggs in one basket is not really the right approach for nitrogen management.”

A potential option is splitting applications across the growing season.

“This means you can be more reactive to the weather patterns without so much potential for loss. And this loss doesn’t just affect the environment, it also affects the grower’s bottom line,” Moody says.

As soil temperatures increase in the spring, applying a nitrogen stabilizer protects ammonium nitrogen from the risk of rapid nitrification. Protecting ammonium nitrogen from leaching and denitrification is key to a strong start, as well as optimized grain production and yield potential.

“Each application decision should be made with the 4 R’s in mind,” Moody says. “That means considering the nutrient source, rate, time and placement each time you consider a trip into the field.”

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A shortage of nitrogen during the first 75 days after crop emergence can restrict yield potential because it coincides with the greatest nitrogen demands of corn. Growers fertilizing their corn with UAN, urea or liquid manure can protect this investment with Instinct® II nitrogen stabilizer from preplant up to the V6 stage of growth, while those applying anhydrous ammonia can protect applied nitrogen with N-Serve® nitrogen stabilizer this spring.

If your customers are concerned about the availability of nitrogen in their corn, remind them to protect their largest input investment this season with Instinct II or N-Serve. For more information, visit www.NitrogenStabilizers.com or contact your local Dow AgroSciences sales representative.

®™Colex-D, DMA, DOW Diamond, Duramax, Durango, Enlist, Enlist Duo, FirstRate, FulTime, Hornet, Instinct, Keystone, N-Serve, Python, Sonic, SureStart, Surpass and Surveil are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT and Keystone NXT are federally Restricted Use Pesticides. State restrictions on the sale and use of Hornet WDG apply. Consult the label before purchase or use for full details. Duramax, Durango DMA, FulTime NXT, Instinct II, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, Sonic, SureStart, Surpass NXT and Surveil Co pack are not registered for sale or use in all states. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, SureStart and Surpass NXT are not available for sale, distribution or use in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the state of New York. Do not fall-apply anhydrous ammonia south of Highway 16 in the state of Illinois. Regulatory approvals are pending for the Enlist herbicide solution and crops containing Enlist herbicide tolerance traits. The information presented here is not an offer for sale of Enlist. Always read and follow label directions. ©2014 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Visit Dow AgroSciences at Winter Trade Shows

Representatives from Dow AgroSciences and Mycogen Seeds will be attending various trade shows this winter. Stop by the Dow AgroSciences booth at these trade shows to learn what is new.

Commodity-classicCommodity Classic takes place Feb. 27 to March 1, 2014, in San Antonio. It is a joint annual meeting of the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers. Commodity Classic is farmer-focused and farmer-led, which keeps people coming back year after year.

MidFarmGinShowLogo-South Farm & Gin Show takes place Feb. 28 to March 1, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. It is the South’s largest indoor farm show. It is sponsored by Delta Farm Press and the Southern Cotton Ginners Association and Foundation.

For more information or to register for these trade shows, visit their websites linked above.

®™Colex-D, DMA, DOW Diamond, Duramax, Durango, Enlist, Enlist Duo, FirstRate, FulTime, Hornet, Instinct, Keystone, N-Serve, Python, Sonic, SureStart, Surpass and Surveil are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT and Keystone NXT are federally Restricted Use Pesticides. State restrictions on the sale and use of Hornet WDG apply. Consult the label before purchase or use for full details. Duramax, Durango DMA, FulTime NXT, Instinct II, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, Sonic, SureStart, Surpass NXT and Surveil Co pack are not registered for sale or use in all states. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, SureStart and Surpass NXT are not available for sale, distribution or use in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the state of New York. Do not fall-apply anhydrous ammonia south of Highway 16 in the state of Illinois. Regulatory approvals are pending for the Enlist herbicide solution and crops containing Enlist herbicide tolerance traits. The information presented here is not an offer for sale of Enlist. Always read and follow label directions. ©2014 Dow AgroSciences LLC

New Surveil™ Co-pack Herbicide Fits the Needs of Soybean Growers

SurveilCo-PackDifficult-to-control weeds and the need for rotational flexibility continue to challenge many soybean growers. Dow AgroSciences is committed to finding solutions that help growers meet the evolving needs of their operations with confidence.

The newest addition to Dow AgroSciences’ elite soybean herbicide portfolio is Surveil™ Co-pack herbicide. Surveil Co-pack is a preemergence, residual product offering powerful weed control for soybean growers in all geographies.

“Crop production today is becoming more complicated than ever before,” says Dan Puck, portfolio marketing leader for soybean herbicides, Dow AgroSciences. “Resistant weeds, insects and diseases are just some of the factors weighing on today’s producer. At Dow AgroSciences, we’re always looking for opportunities to make growers’ lives easier.”

“New SurveilCo-pack herbicide features a powerful, double-protection barrier that is effective on today’s high-anxiety weeds so growers can have greater peace of mind that their crop will be protected,” Puck says. “Surveil Co-pack also is an especially effective tool for soybean producers facing glyphosate-resistant or hard-to-control weeds.” With two powerful nonglyphosate active ingredients — flumioxazin and cloransulam-methyl — Surveil Co-pack excels at controlling marestail, Palmer amaranth and a broad spectrum of other high-anxiety weeds.

Surveil™ Co-pack herbicide also provides excellent residual protection, which prevents weeds from emerging after application. In addition, SurveilCo-pack will provide the crop rotational flexibility desired by soybean growers across many regions.

As the crop protection landscape continues to evolve, Dow AgroSciences remains committed to finding solutions to meet the needs of growers across the United States.

For more information on Surveil Co-pack, go to www.SurveilHerbicide.com.

®™Colex-D, DMA, DOW Diamond, Duramax, Durango, Enlist, Enlist Duo, FirstRate, FulTime, Hornet, Instinct, Keystone, N-Serve, Python, Sonic, SureStart, Surpass and Surveil are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT and Keystone NXT are federally Restricted Use Pesticides. State restrictions on the sale and use of Hornet WDG apply. Consult the label before purchase or use for full details. Duramax, Durango DMA, FulTime NXT, Instinct II, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, Sonic, SureStart, Surpass NXT and Surveil Co pack are not registered for sale or use in all states. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, SureStart and Surpass NXT are not available for sale, distribution or use in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the state of New York. Do not fall-apply anhydrous ammonia south of Highway 16 in the state of Illinois. Regulatory approvals are pending for the Enlist herbicide solution and crops containing Enlist herbicide tolerance traits. The information presented here is not an offer for sale of Enlist. Always read and follow label directions. ©2014 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Learn About Nitrogen Stabilization on RFD-TV

Instinct-IIAs your customers prepare for spring, they’re also thinking about how to optimize corn yield and profit potential. One of the best ways to do that is by protecting applied nitrogen during key growth stages. As corn plants grow, they can lose their source of nitrogen because of leaching and denitrification, which can
N-Servesignificantly reduce yield. By protecting nitrogen at the root zone, Instinct® II and N-Serve® nitrogen stabilizers make nitrogen available longer when and where corn needs it most.

 

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Join us at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on Feb. 17 for an RFD-TV LIVE episode on optimizing corn yield potential.

 

We’ll provide nitrogen management advice, including:

  • The value of nitrogen stabilization
  • The flexibility it offers for fertilizer programs
  • Protecting nitrogen with confidence

You also will have the opportunity to ask questions of Dow AgroSciences experts and Dr. Howard Brown, GROWMARK manager of agronomy services, during the live call-in segment moderated by Mark Oppold.

For more information about the broadcast, visit www.RFDTV.com.

®™Colex-D, DMA, DOW Diamond, Duramax, Durango, Enlist, Enlist Duo, FirstRate, FulTime, Hornet, Instinct, Keystone, N-Serve, Python, Sonic, SureStart, Surpass and Surveil are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT and Keystone NXT are federally Restricted Use Pesticides. State restrictions on the sale and use of Hornet WDG apply. Consult the label before purchase or use for full details. Duramax, Durango DMA, FulTime NXT, Instinct II, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, Sonic, SureStart, Surpass NXT and Surveil Co pack are not registered for sale or use in all states. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, SureStart and Surpass NXT are not available for sale, distribution or use in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the state of New York. Do not fall-apply anhydrous ammonia south of Highway 16 in the state of Illinois. Regulatory approvals are pending for the Enlist herbicide solution and crops containing Enlist herbicide tolerance traits. The information presented here is not an offer for sale of Enlist. Always read and follow label directions. ©2014 Dow AgroSciences LLC