The U.S. EPA announced this fall that it registered Dow AgroSciences’ herbicide Enlist Duo.
The registration of the glyphosate-2,4-D combination comes with first-time-ever restrictions to manage the problem of herbicide-resistant weeds. Dow is required to conduct extensive surveying and reporting to the EPA, as well as grower education and remediation plans.
The agency has also placed restrictions to avoid pesticide drift. The approved formulation of Enlist contains the choline salt of 2,4-D, which the EPA said is less prone to drift than other forms of 2,4-D.
With the Department of Agriculture deregulating the Enlist corn and soybean traits in September, the entire Enlist weed control system has now been approved by federal regulatory authorities. Dow announced it will soon release its 2015 market intentions for the system after receiving EPA approval.
However, a coalition of U.S. farmer and environmental groups filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the approval for the herbicide, arguing that the EPA did not adequately analyze the impact of 2,4-D before granting approval.
IN OTHER NO-TILL NEWS…
- The 5000 Stalk Devastator from Yetter Mfg. Co. can now fit more corn head models, including John Deere 16-row corn headers, 6- and 8-row AGCO brands and Drago 12-row folding corn headers. A complete list can be found on the company’s website.
- Chandler Equipment Co. and SFP, a Verdesian Life Sciences company, have developed a mounted spray unit for Chandler spreaders that does a one-pass application of dry manures and More Than Manure Nutrient Manager.
- Salford Inc. has acquired BBI Spreaders. BBI will continue to manufacture its spreader line from its Georgia facility, and BBI Spreaders president Richard Hagler will manage manufacturing operations at the new Salford unit.
- The U.S. EPA has requested public comment on a proposal to remove 72 chemicals from a list of 371 substances approved for use as inert ingredients in pesticide products. The 72 chemicals, such as nitrous oxide, are not currently being used as inert ingredients in any pesticide product.
- Platform Specialty Products reached a definitive agreement to acquire Arysta LifeScience for approximately $3.51 billion. Arysta LifeScience will be combined with previously acquired companies to run as an agricultural chemicals company.
- Calcium Products celebrated the grand opening of its new headquarters at the Iowa State University Research Park, which includes a new research and development laboratory and customer support center.
- Valent U.S.A. Corp. announced an agreement with MGK to manage the marketing and sales of MGK line of insect control products within the U.S., beginning next April.
- CHS Inc. announced an agreement with Thomas Ag Services to develop a new CHS private label and commodity seed program for CHS retail service centers. The line of private-label seed products and commodity seed will include forage, cover crop, and wildlife food plot and native grasses.
- Stoller broke ground on its new headquarters in Houston, Texas. The company says the new space will allow it to bring all of its business units under one roof and will include a multi-level auditorium to function as a learning center.
- Verdesian Life Sciences signed a licensing agreement with Los Alamos National Laboratory to develop and market the lab’s latest nitrogen enhancement technology. The newest innovation improves photosynthesis by increasing carbon flow into a plant’s metabolism. Verdesian anticipates market entry by 2017.
- Evogene announced the completion of three state-of-the-art research and development laboratories dedicated to fungi, insect and weed control.
- Monsanto Co. will invest $20 million over the next two years to accelerate plant breeding research at its technology centers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota and Nebraska.