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Farm Progress Show activities help farmers adopt winning solutions

Dow AgroSciences continues to help farmers turn challenges into opportunities through new technology and agronomic solutions. The newest example — announced during August’s Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois — is Elevore herbicide, which elevates a grower’s burndown program. Elevore contains a new active ingredient, Arylex, to help control labeled broadleaf weeds, including ALS- and glyphosate-resistant species. It offers superior control of marestail up to 8 inches tall.

Elevore is only one of the many solutions visitors learned about at Farm Progress Show. Dow AgroSciences shared its latest innovations, often engaging attendees with entertaining visual attractions that helped drive the messages home.

The Dow AgroSciences floor space at the show featured several educational games and interactive learning opportunities. After interacting with the games, attendees could choose to take home a small prize or write the name of their local FFA chapter for a $5 donation powered by Resicore® herbicide.

Thanks to nearly 1,000 booth visitors who chose to donate, Dow AgroSciences is donating $5,000 to the National FFA Organization on behalf of Resicore.

“Many FFA students and supporters visited our booth, and it was uplifting to see the bright future of agriculture,” says Lyndsie Kaehler, U.S. corn herbicides product manager, Dow AgroSciences. “Resicore gives farmers the power to control weeds on their farm, and we hope this donation gives students the power to do more in their FFA chapters.”

Hearing experts discuss key topics
Another highlight of the Dow AgroSciences booth was a series of informative speakers who addressed key agricultural topics. Subjects covered ways to manage nitrogen, managing weed resistance in corn, discussions about Bt trait technology and effective weed control solutions.

Last year, excessive rainfall swept through the Midwest, leaving puddles in cornfields and soil vulnerable to significant nitrogen loss. Jean Payne, president of the Illinois Chemical and Fertilizer Association, and Jennifer Tirey and Ted Funk from the Illinois Pork Producers Association, shared ways to manage nitrogen yet this fall.

“After harvest, our beautiful Illinois prairie soils start making nitrogen,” Payne says. “We’ve done a lot of education with farmers and we have to take into account that soil provides nitrogen, too. We cannot stabilize what Mother Nature produces, so anything we add to it beyond that in the fall, it’s really our responsibility to protect it.”

Farmers can use Instinct® or N-Serve® nitrogen stabilizers to prevent nitrate leaching and keep more nitrogen available in the root zone next spring.

In addition, farmer Ben Hortenstine affirmed the value the Enlist weed control system is providing on his Ramsey, Illinois, farm. Farmers will have the opportunity in 2018 to use Enlist Duo® herbicide on Enlist corn available through Dow AgroSciences seed brands. Meanwhile, Chris Byus, Enlist herbicides product manager for Dow AgroSciences, provided an update on Enlist soybeans.

“Farmers stopping by could play an educational game or two and interact with our team,” Byus says. “We were able to be in front of people with visual demonstrations that will help them remember what they’ve heard. They saw the effective weed control and on-target application of the Enlist weed control system.”

The progress farmers saw at the Farm Progress Show translates into a better future for retailers offering these technologies and, of course, for the farmers purchasing them. Dow AgroSciences is bringing solutions for the real world — solutions that help improve yield and profit potential.

Dow AgroSciences booth at Farm Progress Show 2017.

The Dow AgroSciences booth featured educational and interactive games for attendees.

Farm Progress Show 2017 speaker at Dow AgroSciences booth.

Attendees heard from several agricultural experts during the show. Pictured here is Mark Bernards of Western Illinois University talking about how to manage herbicide-resistant weeds.

®™DOW Diamond, Arylex, Elevore, Enlist, Enlist Duo, Instinct, N-Serve, Resicore and Sonic are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. The Enlist weed control system is owned and developed by Dow AgroSciences LLC. Enlist Duo herbicide is not registered for sale or use in all states or counties. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your area. Elevore, Instinct, Resicore and Sonic are not registered for sale or use in all states. Resicore is 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. Do not fall-apply anhydrous ammonia south of Highway 16 in the state of Illinois. Arylex is a registered active. Always read and follow label directions. ©2017 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Dow AgroSciences and ADM Collaborate to Bring Enlist E3™ Soybeans to U.S. Farmers

Farmers gain access to vital weed control technology through comprehensive closed-loop system

U.S. farmers will have access to Enlist E3 soybeans for 2018 planting through an agreement between Dow AgroSciences and ADM. The companies today announced a collaboration that features a comprehensive closed-loop system designed to provide growers access to Enlist E3 soybeans and deliver the soybeans and their resulting products to customers for use within North America.

“U.S. farmers need access to the newest technologies to boost productivity,” says Joe Vertin, Dow AgroSciences Enlist global leader. “When advanced solutions are available and fully approved in the United States, they should reach farmers as quickly as possible.”

Putting farmers first
“At ADM, everything begins with the farmer,” says John McGowan, ADM president, North American Oilseeds. “We are pleased to work with Dow AgroSciences to bring this landmark program to growers in 2018. This is a great example of how farmers, seed companies and agricultural processors can come together and support solutions that benefit the entire industry.”

Resistant and hard-to-control weeds are one of the most costly and frustrating obstacles for crop farmers today. The Enlistweed control system offers exceptional weed control and helps maximize yield potential.

“This weed control technology is greatly needed in our area,” says Pat Duncanson, who grows soybeans in Minnesota. “We need effective options to control weeds that are threatening to cut yield and profit potential in our fields.”

Enlist E3 soybeans are tolerant to applications of 2,4-D choline, glyphosate and glufosinate, giving farmers multiple herbicide modes of action postemergence. This helps farmers not only control their toughest, most economically damaging weeds but also curtail the development of weed resistance, preserving valuable herbicides.

“The American Soybean Association appreciates the tight, closed-loop production and processing system that has been developed,” says ASA President Ron Moore, a farmer from Roseville, Illinois. “This will allow a number of farmers to experience the Enlist weed control system and is designed to keep all production out of export channels. We also appreciate Dow AgroSciences’ continued efforts to seek import approvals in China and the EU.”

Robust protocols key to success
The Dow AgroSciences program requires participating farmers to adhere to a comprehensive, robust set of protocols designed to ensure the soybeans reach specific ADM facilities, which will process them for use in North American markets only. Farmers will deliver their Enlist E3 soybean crop to 1 of 4 ADM plants designated for this program:

  • Mankato, Minnesota
  • Frankfort, Indiana
  • Mexico, Missouri
  • Deerfield, Missouri

“We’ve put a lot of thought into the best way to manage the process,” Vertin says. “We’re confident in the collaboration with ADM and in providing farmers access to the Enlist system to control their toughest weeds.”

Details of the program will be made available through participating seed companies in fall 2017 for the 2018 planting season. For more information and to find out how to participate in this program, visit Enlist.com.

Dow AgroSciences continues to pursue additional import approvals for Enlist E3 soybeans.

Dow AgroSciences will bring Enlist E3™ soybeans to farmers in 2018. The program includes a robust set of protocols to ensure the soybeans reach designated ADM facilities for processing and use in North American markets only.

 

 

 

®™DOW Diamond, Enlist, Enlist E3 and Enlist Logos are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. Enlist E3 soybeans were jointly developed by Dow AgroSciences and MS Technologies.

U.S. EPA denies activist petition and retains all Chlorpyrifos tolerances

On Oct. 30, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposal to revoke U.S. food tolerances for the insecticide chlorpyrifos. This proposal was an outcome of a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision ordering EPA to respond to allegations about chlorpyrifos in a 2007 petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA), even before the agency had finished its formal health and safety evaluations of the product underway in registration review.

On Nov. 17, 2016, the EPA released a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) with accompanying assessments to notify the public of the data that the agency may use to support its proposed decision to revoke all chlorpyrifos tolerances. Both of these releases by EPA offered the opportunity for public comment and many comments were submitted in support of retaining chlorpyrifos tolerances from universities, stakeholders, growers and customers in the ensuing comment periods. Dow AgroSciences also submitted a comprehensive response to both EPA releases.

On March 29, 2017, the U.S. EPA announced that it would not proceed forward at this time with any restrictions for chlorpyrifos or changes to U.S. tolerances. In addition, EPA has notified the courts that it is denying the NGO petition in full. Instead, EPA announced that it will focus its attention on updating and revising its human health assessment for chlorpyrifos under the standard procedures of the Registration Review process scheduled for completion Oct. 1, 2022, in order to support future decision-making.

Dow AgroSciences believes the science and established legal and regulatory standards and processes support the EPA decision to deny the activist petition and retain all chlorpyrifos tolerances. Dow AgroSciences remains confident that authorized uses of chlorpyrifos products offer wide margins of protection for human health and safety. This is the right decision for farmers who, in about 100 countries, rely on the effectiveness of chlorpyrifos to protect more than 50 crops from damaging insect pests, some of which can only be effectively controlled with chlorpyrifos. Dow AgroSciences will continue to cooperate with EPA under the established Registration Review process in its scientific review of this important crop protection solution.

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U.S. Insecticides Marketing Leader

U.S. EPA registers Enlist Duo® herbicide for use in additional states

Dow AgroSciences continues to bring solutions to help growers get more yield from every acre. Recently, the company received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration for expanded use of Enlist Duo® herbicide. Pending state registrations, growers will be able to use Enlist Duo on Enlist cotton. Additionally, EPA expanded the existing registration of Enlist Duo for use in corn and soybeans to 19 additional states.

Dow AgroSciences developed Enlist Duo — a combination of glyphosate and new 2,4-D choline — to meet the needs of growers struggling with hard-to-control and resistant weeds. The Enlist weed control system allows growers to use multiple modes of action to target problem weeds in their fields.

For 2017, the Enlist cotton trait will be available exclusively in a number of high-yielding PhytoGen® brand varieties. This technology is stacked with Genuity® Roundup Ready® Flex and WideStrike® 3 Insect Protection to give growers season-long control of above-ground insects with industry-leading three-gene protection.

In addition, the EPA expanded the use of Enlist Duo on Enlist corn and Enlist soybeans to 19 additional states for a total of 34 states. Those states are:

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Once state registrations and import approvals are received, growers will be able to use this groundbreaking technology on corn, soybeans and cotton that contain the Enlist trait. See the state registration list for the current status of state registrations.

Visit Enlist.com to learn more about Enlist technology, including Enlist traits and Enlist Duo® herbicide with Colex-D® technology. To learn about grower experiences with the Enlist weed control system, check out Experiencing Enlist.

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State registrations for Enlist Duo® herbicide continue to roll in, giving cotton growers the ability to take full advantage of the Enlist weed control system.

®™DOW Diamond, Colex-D, Enlist, Enlist Duo, the Enlist Logo and WideStrike are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. ®PhytoGen is a trademark of PhytoGen Seed Company, LLC. PhytoGen Seed Company is a joint venture between Mycogen Corporation, an affiliate of Dow AgroSciences LLC, and the J.G. Boswell Company. ®Genuity and Roundup Ready are registered trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC. Always follow IRM, grain marketing and all other stewardship practices and pesticide label directions. Roundup Ready® crops contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate herbicides. Glyphosate herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. B.t. products may not yet be registered in all states. Check with your seed representative for the registration status in your state. The Enlist weed control system is owned and developed by Dow AgroSciences LLC. Enlist Duo herbicide is not registered for sale or use in all states or counties. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your area. Always read and follow label directions. ©2017 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Dow AgroSciences introduces 0% financing on crop protection products

Dow AgroSciences is partnering with Rabo AgriFinance to offer convenient 0% financing to growers who purchase participating crop protection products by March 31, 2017.

Some of the participating products include:

  • Corn herbicides: Resicore®, SureStart® II, FulTime® NXT, Hornet® WDG, Keystone® LA NXT, Keystone NXT and Surpass® NXT
  • Soybean herbicides: Sonic® and Surveil®
  • Nitrogen stabilizers: Instinct® II, Instinct® HL and N-Serve®
  • Insecticides: Blackhawk®, Cobalt® Advanced, Delegate® and Transform®
  • Plus, many cereals herbicides, specialty herbicides and fungicides. See the full list here.

To help growers manage their input costs, Dow AgroSciences is also offering bonus incentives to growers who purchase qualifying seed brands. In the Northern states identified here, there is a 2 percent financing bonus on qualified crop protection purchases for growers who purchase 40 units of corn seed or 160 units of soybean seed from the following brands: Mycogen®, Brodbeck Seeds, Dairyland Seed®, Pfister Seeds or Prairie Brand Seed®.

For more information about qualifying products, retailer eligibility and grower requirements, visit DowGrowerFinancing.com.

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®™DOW Diamond, Blackhawk, Brodbeck Seeds, Cobalt, Dairyland Seed, Delegate, FulTime, Hornet, Instinct, Keystone, Mycogen, N-Serve, Pfister Seeds, Prairie Brand Seed, Resicore, Sonic, SureStart, Surpass, Surveil and Transform are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. Cobalt Advanced, FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT and Keystone NXT are federally Restricted Use Pesticides. Blackhawk, Cobalt Advanced, FulTime NXT, Instinct HL, Instinct II, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, Resicore, Sonic, SureStart II, Surpass NXT, Surveil and Transform are not registered for sale or use in all states. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, Resicore, 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. State restrictions on the sale and use of Hornet WDG apply. Consult the label before purchase or use for full details. Do not fall-apply anhydrous ammonia south of Highway 16 in the state of Illinois. Always read and follow label directions. ©2016 Dow AgroSciences LLC

How do you measure perfect?

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Farm Progress Show attendees at the Dow AgroSciences tent were encouraged to pick a button displaying what perfect means to them.

How do you measure perfect? Whether it’s striving for the ideal crop or operation, the definition of perfect is unique to every grower and retailer.

Dow AgroSciences encouraged attendees at the 2016 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, to display what perfect means to them. Whether continuing a tradition, doing the right thing, caring for the land or feeding the world, attendees were invited to pick a button to show their idea of perfect.

For Dow AgroSciences, the measure of perfect is a continuous push to find solutions to help growers achieve their individual goals for their operations.

Through cutting-edge technology and a dedicated sales force, Dow AgroSciences is constantly pushing to bring innovative solutions to growers.

Weed control solutions to fit every acre
For corn growers, Dow AgroSciences launched Resicore® herbicide in early 2016 to get power over weeds. Resicore is a novel, easy-to-use formulation featuring three leading active ingredients and three modes of action to deliver powerful broad-spectrum control of more than 70 broadleaf weeds and annual grasses. Resicore gives growers a new and effective way to control the toughest weeds.

Soybean growers looking to control weeds such as marestail, giant ragweed or Palmer amaranth also have options from Dow AgroSciences. Helping growers continue the drive toward perfect, Sonic® and Surveil® preemergence soybean herbicides have multiple modes of action to control weeds in different ways. With long-lasting residual control, Sonic and Surveil keep yield-robbing weeds at bay for optimized yield potential.

Postemergence weed control options are increasingly limited due to resistance issues. The Enlist weed control system takes postemergence weed control to a whole new level. The Enlist system advances herbicide and trait technologies — combining the proven control of a new 2,4‑D and glyphosate in Enlist Duo® herbicide. Enlist soybeans offer a third tolerance to glufosinate.

Nitrogen management solutions
In addition to controlling troublesome weeds, many corn growers make a significant investment in nitrogen fertilizer. Instinct® II and N-Serve® nitrogen stabilizers work below ground to keep nitrogen in the root zone where corn needs it. Instinct II and N-Serve are proven to provide an average 7-bushel-per-acre increase compared with untreated acres by slowing the nitrification process.*

N-Serve can be applied with anhydrous ammonia. Instinct II protects nitrogen when applied with UAN, urea and liquid manure. Both products are proven to perform in fall or spring.

For a full list of Dow AgroSciences product offerings to help achieve your customers’ perfect season, visit DowAgro.com.

*Average 7-bushel yield return vs. nontreated acres from 2015 trials.

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What perfect mean to you

Dow AgroSciences invited Farm Progress Show attendees to grab a button to describe what “perfect” means to them. From tradition to the land to family, everyone’s perfect looks different, and Dow AgroSciences is there to help growers achieve their vision of perfect.

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Enlist Duo, Instinct II, Resicore, Sonic and Surveil are not registered for sale or use in all states. Resicore is 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. Do not fall-apply anhydrous ammonia south of Highway 16 in the state of Illinois. Always read and follow label directions. ©2016 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Collaboration, transparency key to building consumer trust

Agricultural/food companies and growers must work together to build consumer trust through greater transparency. That was a key takeaway from a diverse panel of experts who spoke at a Dow AgroSciences event in Indianapolis recently.

Joe Kelsay, government affairs manager for Dow AgroSciences and sixth-generation farmer, moderated the discussion.

Panelists included:

  • Kelly Johnston, Campbell Soup Company vice president of government affairs
  • Pat Duncanson, Minnesota grower
  • Tim Richter, Iowa grower
  • Matt Rekeweg, industry relations and food chain leader, Dow AgroSciences
Agricultural and food industry leaders discuss consumers’ concerns about food safety at a Dow AgroSciences media event held June 30 in Indianapolis.

Agricultural and food industry leaders discuss consumers’ concerns about food safety at a Dow AgroSciences media event held June 30 in Indianapolis.

The experts brought different perspectives, but found common ground in three key areas:

1, Sustainability must evolve at every level of food production.

“Agriculture is front and center for solutions to feed the world, and sustainability is not new for any of us,” Kelsay says. “Sustainability is the story of agriculture, year after year, generation after generation. It is the way of life we know.”

However, perspectives of sustainability differ, Kelly Johnston of Campbell’s pointed out. “It’s not just about what we think or how we define sustainability, but how our customers define it,” he says.

“Whatever business you are in, you have to remain on the cutting edge,” Rekeweg says. “The minute you say you’ve got it done and right, someone will prove you wrong. Our customers will always want to know what you’ve done to be better recently.”

Iowa grower Tim Richter agreed. “We see sustainability as a journey,” he says. “We are always evaluating our goals. The science changes, and you discover the things you thought were settled aren’t. For example, the yields we see today were unfathomable 10 years ago.”

2. The ag community should work to build bridges from farm to consumer.

“While enhanced sustainability may begin at the farm level, the voice of the grower is often absent from food industry conversations,” Kelsay says. “We need to build bridges between the different sectors of our industry.”

Rekeweg agreed. “We have to recognize that most consumers are far away from the farm, physically and in life experiences,” Rekeweg says. “We need to bridge between consumers and our grower customers.”

Johnston took that one step further, saying, “We need to explain our position. For the first time in Campbell’s years, a dialogue is happening with grower groups. We need to get out of our silos and cross-engage. I want to connect the growing community with our consumers.”

“Once person-to-person contact is made, consumers often will understand the grower’s point of view,” Richter says. “We need to be proud of how we farm and the improvements we’ve made as commodity producers.”

3. Transparency is key to achieving trust in technology.

The panelists said embracing transparency is critical to creating greater consumer trust and confidence in the products grown by farmers.

“We need to explain why new technologies are coming on board,” Rekeweg says. “There are reasons why technologies are being used, and it is our responsibility to explain why the technology is important and how it helps. We want to build trust in that process.”

Trust and communications tools are necessary for the agricultural and food industries, the panelists said.

“Even in our sector there is confusion, and we need more transparency,” Duncanson says. “As an industry, we need to make an investment in communication.”

“Consumers are interested in learning about farms and food ingredients,” Johnston says. “Ultimately, consumers still care about price and convenience, but transparency gets to the core of what consumers want from food producers.”

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