Monthly Archives: July 2014

Dow AgroSciences Encourages Ag Community to Share Facts

Industry Initiatives Provide Answers to Questions About Agricultural Technology

By Brad Shurdut
Global Leader, Government and Regulatory Affairs
Dow AgroSciences

brad_shurdutFrom crop protection to plant biotechnology solutions, Dow AgroSciences is committed to developing technologies that help address the daunting challenge of feeding the world’s growing population. This commitment requires open dialogue with value chain stakeholders, including growers and consumers, to facilitate a broad understanding of the technology, its application and safety.

Although modern agriculture may appear to benefit only farmers, these advances ultimately benefit consumers. The gains in productivity provide access to a safe, affordable and abundant food supply.

Biotechnology is a crucial tool that will help us meet current and future food and feed demands. We must work together to tell our story and to highlight the important role of innovative technologies in agriculture. It is important that we and our partners reach out routinely to stakeholders to enhance awareness of these technologies, answer questions and concerns, and to ultimately build trust with our customers.

In an attempt to further increase transparency around agricultural biotechnology, GMOAnswers.com was developed to provide an open public forum to address questions about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). More than 100 experts have contributed to the site, including experts in leading academic institutions, industry groups and representatives from member companies.

Not only does GMO Answers serve as a good clearinghouse for those seeking specific answers regarding GMOs, it also contains detailed information related to the health and safety of GM crops on the market today.

We urge members of the agricultural community to work together to share the truth about agriculture. Here are a few key tips to remember when answering consumer questions:

  •  Know (and double-check) the facts
  • Speak the facts without misrepresentation
  • Avoid an emotional response; keep negative energy out of the conversation
  • Communicate effectively
  • Continue to seek understanding of the technology

Facts about biotechnology will get out there eventually, but it is our responsibility to help them get out sooner. Being proactive will help others understand the technology.

For more information and to get involved in the conversation, visit GMOAnswers.com.

®™DOW Diamond, Colex-D, Duramax, Durango, DMA, Enlist, Enlist Duo, Enlist E3, FirstRate, FulTime, Hornet, Keystone, Python, Sonic, SureStart II, 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, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, Sonic, SureStart II, Surpass NXT and Surveil Co-pack are not registered for sale or use in all states. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, SureStart II and Surpass NXT are not available for sale, distribution or use in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the state of New York. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. Enlist E3 soybeans are being jointly developed by MS Technologies and Dow AgroSciences. 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. Always read and follow label directions. ©2014 Dow AgroSciences LLC

How Effective is Your Herbicide Program for Soybeans?

When growing soybeans, you always need to think ahead. That means examining weed threats and evaluating which herbicides work best. As waterhemp intrudes on soybean fields across the Midwest, it is forcing growers to evaluate their weed management programs, says Kevin Wirth, crop expert with Effingham Equity in Marshall, Illinois.

“All of us are trying to take different steps to control waterhemp in corn and soybeans, and we’ve adjusted some of our herbicide programs from the past to get that weed under control,” Wirth says. “We are trying to apply more residual herbicides on a soybean acre to keep waterhemp from ever emerging.”

waterhempWaterhemp is an erect summer annual with smooth and branching stems that can grow up to 8 feet tall. It is a very competitive weed, especially in soybeans. According to the University of Illinois, previous research has shown that waterhemp can cause up to 40 percent soybean yield loss.1 It can be controlled with residual herbicides or through routine scouting.

 “The days of planting corn and soybeans, then letting the crop come up along with all the weeds and expecting retailers to come in and work miracles with glyphosate — that’s over,” Wirth says.

Once weeds like waterhemp begin crowding crops, yield diminishes and will never gain full potential. With the right herbicide program, growers can manage annual weeds including waterhemp, lambsquarters and cocklebur.

It’s important to scout early and scout often, as most weeds — even waterhemp and marestail — can be controlled when they are small, Wirth says.

When your customers are scouting soybean fields this summer, they should evaluate the effectiveness of their current herbicide programs. When reevaluating weed management programs, Sonic® herbicide and Surveil Co-pack herbicide provide­­ long-lasting, residual control for ideal timing of a postemergence glyphosate application such as Durango® DMA® herbicide. For more information on weed control in soybean fields, visit www.SonicHerbicide.com.

Sonic   SurveilCo-Pack

1Recommendations for Management of Glyphosate-Resistant Waterhemp in Illinois Soybean. University of Illinois Extension. http://weeds.cropsci.illinois.edu/extension/factsheets/whempsoy.pdf.

®™DOW Diamond, Colex-D, Duramax, Durango, DMA, Enlist, Enlist Duo, Enlist E3, FirstRate, FulTime, Hornet, Keystone, Python, Sonic, SureStart II, 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, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, Sonic, SureStart II, Surpass NXT and Surveil Co-pack are not registered for sale or use in all states. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, SureStart II and Surpass NXT are not available for sale, distribution or use in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the state of New York. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. Enlist E3 soybeans are being jointly developed by MS Technologies and Dow AgroSciences. 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. Always read and follow label directions. ©2014 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Control a Broad Spectrum of Weeds With SureStart® II Herbicide

Roger Ross of Edgar, Wisconsin, applies a tank mix of SureStart® II herbicide and Keystone® LA NXT herbicides on his corn acres to control common broadleaf weeds and grasses. By keeping his fields clean from planting through harvest, Ross Farms is increasing yields year after year.

You can share this testimonial video and more by downloading SureStart miSales to your iPad tablet. SureStart miSales is an interactive sales tool that enables you to share the flexibility, dependability and value of SureStart II herbicide with your customers. The iPad application features interactive and visual content paired with customer testimonials that showcase the features and benefits of SureStart II.

Download SureStart® miSales directly from the Apple App Store by searching “SureStart miSales” or by clicking the link below from your iPad:

For more information, visit GetMoreTime.com.

®™DOW Diamond, Colex-D, Duramax, Durango, DMA, Enlist, Enlist Duo, Enlist E3, FirstRate, FulTime, Hornet, Keystone, Python, Sonic, SureStart II, 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, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, Sonic, SureStart II, Surpass NXT and Surveil Co-pack are not registered for sale or use in all states. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, SureStart II and Surpass NXT are not available for sale, distribution or use in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the state of New York. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. Enlist E3 soybeans are being jointly developed by MS Technologies and Dow AgroSciences. 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. Always read and follow label directions. ©2014 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Growers Encouraged to See Enlist™ Weed Control System Firsthand

Increased Number of Locations Will Showcase the Herbicide-tolerant Trait Technology

This summer, Dow AgroSciences invites growers, retailers and seed dealers to attend one of the technology centers highlighting the Enlist Weed Control System and other Dow AgroSciences products. The technology centers will bring the Enlist system closer to customers by having locations in both the Midwest and South and more than tripling the number of locations that demonstrate the latest in weed control solutions.

Enlist_Logo_Horz_TagEach location will provide field training on the components of the Enlist system: crops containing Enlist herbicide-tolerant traits, Enlist Duo herbicide with Colex-D Technology, and the Enlist Ahead management resource. The company continues to focus on training and learning opportunities for the Enlist system as the technology awaits regulatory approvals.

 “Thousands of customers participated in field training the past two summers,” says Damon Palmer, U.S. commercial leader for the Enlist system. “With the anticipated 2015 launch of the Enlist system, we are increasing our efforts throughout the central and southern Corn Belt. We want our customers to see firsthand how the technology works.”

The Enlist system is a new herbicide-tolerant trait technology. It will provide a much needed solution that customers are asking for to manage hard-to-control and resistant weeds.

“The weed pressure in our area is, it’s growing,” says Patrick Delaney, ag retailer in Indiana. “We are seeing more and more weeds that are tough to fight.”

Bringing the Technology Closer to the Farm

As weed resistance increases and spreads, customer feedback confirms the need to see and understand the new weed control technology.

“The best part of training was just being able to see it for the first time,” says Bill Lukes, ag retailer in Iowa. “We’ve been hearing about this technology for years and haven’t been able to touch and feel; people need to be able to touch and feel things.”

The Enlist system will be featured across multiple environments and soil types and will showcase control of a range of resistant and tough weed species. Each technology center will include crops, weeds and management practices common to the area.

In-field Demonstrations Confirm Efficacy of the Technology

Enlist Duo with Colex-D Technology — a proprietary blend of new 2,4-D choline and glyphosate — will be a key feature of the in-field demonstrations. The drift and volatility stations will demonstrate how the technology reduces the potential for off-target movement.

“The advantages of the Colex-D technology and the low volatility, the lack of drift is huge for us with our multiple crops up our way,” says J.J. Metz, crop consultant from Michigan. “I like the concept that we can go in there; we can make the spray application, put it where it needs to go and have very minimal concerns in regards to off-target [movement].”

Side-by-side plots also will demonstrate the robust tolerance of Enlistcrops to Enlist Duo herbicide. Additional herbicide tolerances include tolerance of Enlist corn to the FOP class of herbicides as well as the tolerance of Enlist soybeans, Enlist E3 soybeans and Enlist cotton to glufosinate.

Midwest growers will have the opportunity to see Enlist corn, Enlist soybeans and Enlist E3 soybeans. Enlist cotton will join the lineup in Southern locations.

Iowa_Tech_CtrAttendees learn about the traits in the Enlist Weed Control System at the Ankeny, Iowa, technology center hosted by Dow AgroSciences.

Responsible Use Is Key to System Success

Field training is a component of the benefits-based Enlist Ahead management resource. Enlist Ahead is designed to help growers and applicators succeed while promoting the responsible use of the Enlist system. Additional benefits, including technology advancements, education and training, and management recommendations, will also be highlighted.

“Knowledge is important to sustaining the technology for the long term,” Palmer says. “As we work to bring the technology to our customers, we will continue to provide them the training and education they need to be successful.”

Pending regulatory approvals, Dow AgroSciences expects to launch Enlist corn and Enlist soybeans in 2015, with Enlist E3 soybeans and Enlist cotton to follow.

For more information on dates and locations, contact your local retailer, Dow AgroSciences sales representative or Enlist field specialist.

To learn more about the Enlist Weed Control System, visit our YouTube channel, follow us on Twitter at @EnlistOnline or visit Enlist.com.

®™DOW Diamond, Colex-D, Duramax, Durango, DMA, Enlist, Enlist Duo, Enlist E3, FirstRate, FulTime, Hornet, Keystone, Python, Sonic, SureStart II, 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, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, Sonic, SureStart II, Surpass NXT and Surveil Co-pack are not registered for sale or use in all states. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, SureStart II and Surpass NXT are not available for sale, distribution or use in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the state of New York. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. Enlist E3 soybeans are being jointly developed by MS Technologies and Dow AgroSciences. 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. Always read and follow label directions. ©2014 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Three Tips for Effective Weed Scouting

With hard-to-control weeds frustrating your customers, it’s important to get ahead of the problem by scouting fields for weed threats. Scouting and identifying weeds early can help growers determine the most effective herbicide program.

Here are three tips to consider when scouting for weeds:

  1. scout-on-footScout on foot. Getting out of the truck and scouting for weeds on foot will help growers stay one step ahead of threatening weeds. If you can spot weeds when driving by, chances are they should have been treated already, according to “Three Weed-scouting Tips,” June 2013. Spotting a newly grown, 2-inch weed is possible only from in the field right after it has emerged.
  2. Keep reliable records. Write down every species found in the field, and determine the severity of the infestation by counting or estimating the number of weeds in 100 square feet.
  3. Correctly identify weed type. Determine the individual weed species and the current height and growth stage of weeds and crops to determine the most effective management program. SureStart® II herbicide controls more than 60 difficult weeds and can be applied in fields with up to 11-inch corn.

For more information on controlling weeds this spring, talk with your Dow AgroSciences sales representative and visit GetMoreTime.com.

1University of Missouri Extension. Practical Weed Science for the Field Scout: Corn and Soybean. Available at: http://extension.missouri.edu/p/ipm1007. Accessed March 24, 2014.

®™DOW Diamond, Colex-D, Duramax, Durango, DMA, Enlist, Enlist Duo, Enlist E3, FirstRate, FulTime, Hornet, Keystone, Python, Sonic, SureStart II, 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, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, Sonic, SureStart II, Surpass NXT and Surveil Co-pack are not registered for sale or use in all states. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, SureStart II and Surpass NXT are not available for sale, distribution or use in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the state of New York. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. Enlist E3 soybeans are being jointly developed by MS Technologies and Dow AgroSciences. 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. Always read and follow label directions. ©2014 Dow AgroSciences LLC

WEED OF THE MONTH: Morningglory

  • morninggloryVarious types: Ivyleaf, and tall or common morningglory1
  • Scientific name: Ipomoea hederacea and Ipomoea purpurea1
  • Grass or broadleaf: Broadleaf1
  • Found in every state except Idaho: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY2
  • Germination timing:
    • According to Joe Armstrong, field scientist, Dow AgroSciences, morningglory germinates later than most common weeds such as giant ragweed and lambsquarters.
    • Morningglory species usually germinate in late spring/early summer. Most seedlings emerge following rain or irrigation, but they also may appear when surface soil is too dry for other annuals to emerge. Seeds germinate down to a depth of 4 inches or more.3 
  • Competitiveness: Morningglory is a low-climbing vine that twines up neighboring crop plants for support and has varying effects on crop yields, depending on limiting resources such as light, nutrients and water.4 Ivyleaf morningglory has a trailing or climbing annual vine up to 6 feet or taller.1 Tall morningglory can grow up to 12 to 15 feet tall at maturity.5 

Trends:

According to Armstrong:

  • Most fields will see a blend of morningglory species. Tall and ivyleaf morningglory are the most commonly found morningglory species in Midwest fields. The species are similarly managed.

Resistance:

  • There are no documented cases of herbicide resistance.

Weed Management tips:

According to Armstrong:

  • Scout fields for morningglory after soybeans and corn are planted. Morningglory cotyledons, or the first leaves to emerge, have a distinct butterfly shape, making them easy to spot as young plants. Control it early, as it can quickly spread through fields.
  • Soil-applied products such as SureStart® II herbicide, FulTime® NXT herbicide, Keystone® NXT herbicide or Keystone® LA NXT herbicide provide outstanding preemergence control in corn fields.
  • Sonic® herbicide and Surveil™ Co-pack herbicide provide effective preemergence control in soybean fields.
  • In soybean fields, FirstRate® herbicide as a tank-mix partner provides postemergence control of morningglory. Durango® DMA® herbicide offers powerful postemergence control in corn.

Dow AgroSciences weed control solutions:

Corn:
SureStart® II herbicide
Keystone® NXT herbicide
Keystone® LA NXT herbicide
FulTime® NXT herbicide
Surpass® NXT herbicide
Hornet® WDG herbicide
Durango® DMA® herbicide
Duramax® herbicide
Enlist™ Weed Control System,* when commercialized

Soybean:
Sonic® herbicide
Surveil™ Co-pack herbicide
FirstRate® herbicide
Python® WDG herbicide
Duramax® herbicide
Durango® DMA® herbicide
Enlist™ Weed Control System,* when commercialized

*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:

More information can be found through this weed science resource:

1Everman, W., C. Sprague, S. Grower, R. Richardson. 2010. An IPM Pocket Guide for Weed Identification in Field Crops.
2PLANTS Profile. United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service website. http://plants.usda.gov
3Morningglories. University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources. http://ucipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/WEEDS/morningglories.html
4Price, A. J., and J. W. Wilcut. Response of Ivyleaf Morningglory (Ipomoea hederacea) to Neighboring Plants and Objects. http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/25194949?uid=3739568&uid=2129&uid=2&uid=70&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21104229549943
5Hort Answers. University of Illinois Extension. http://urbanext.illinois.edu/hortanswers/plantdetail.cfm?PlantID=529&PlantTypeID=5

®™DOW Diamond, Colex-D, Duramax, Durango, DMA, Enlist, Enlist Duo, Enlist E3, FirstRate, FulTime, Hornet, Keystone, Python, Sonic, SureStart II, 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, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, Sonic, SureStart II, Surpass NXT and Surveil Co-pack are not registered for sale or use in all states. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, SureStart II and Surpass NXT are not available for sale, distribution or use in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the state of New York. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. Enlist E3 soybeans are being jointly developed by MS Technologies and Dow AgroSciences. 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. Always read and follow label directions. ©2014 Dow AgroSciences LLC