Enlist corn to be released for 2018 planting

The corn crop is late to tassel in Ontario, and Peter discusses what this means on this week's Word.

Nearly five years after it was approved in Canada, Dow AgroSciences says Enlist corn will be available in Canada and the U.S. for the 2018 growing season.

The launch comes after China’s Ministry of Agriculture gave its long-awaited approval to imports of corn containing the Enlist trait this week.

The Enlist system combines tolerance to both glyphosate and 2,4-D herbicide, with Dow offering Enlist Duo as a companion herbicide containing Colex-D, a proprietary drift-reducing technology, for Enlist corn, cotton and soybeans.

“We are very excited to bring the Enlist system to farmers in the U.S. and Canada,” said Tim Hassinger, president and CEO, Dow AgroSciences, in a statement issued June 14. “The feedback on the performance during our Stewarded Introduction has been extremely positive, as growers have been very impressed with both the weed control as well as the formulation advancements we have made, reducing drift and volatility.

Dow says growers will be able to order Enlist corn from Dow Seeds partners later this summer. It will be available in both SmartStax Enlist and PowerCore Enlist hybrids. Dow also plans to outlicense the PowerCore Enlist trait.

As for Enlist soybeans, Dow says it is ready for full commercialization of Enlist Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans and Enlist E3 soybeans, with seed production continuing this summer. The company is considering options for 2018 as it’s still awaiting final approval form China and the European Union.

“We look forward to continuing to work with China and their regulatory process for additional trait approvals so we can bring farmers new and much needed technology,” says Hassinger.

The Enlist trait in corn and soybeans has been approved in Canada since 2012.

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