New Three-Way Herbicide-Resistant Enlist E3™ Soybeans Are Now Available
Herbicide-resistant crops revolutionized agriculture when they were introduced in 1996. This new technology left grateful farmers asking “What next?” The years that followed saw the development of herbicide-resistant traits that provided an alternative to glyphosate tolerant systems and left farmers again asking “What next?”
“What next” is here in the form of Enlist E3™ soybeans from Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDupont. Enlist E3 soybeans, available from your local AgVenture Regional Seed Company (RSC), are the most advanced trait technology today in post-emergent nonselective weed control. Enlist E3 soybeans will have a limited launch this year, but farmers can expect full-scale sales in 2020.
“Enlist E3 soybeans are a great addition to AgVenture’s soybean lineup,” says Jeff Shaner, AgVenture seed and technology manager. “Enlist E3 soybeans are unique in that they offer tolerance to three herbicides: 2,4-D choline in Enlist herbicides, glyphosate and glufosinate. This triple layer of protection gives farmers the option for more modes of action in post-emergent applications. With three herbicide-tolerant traits in one variety, farmers can make in-season weed control decisions when things change due to weather, application timing or weed pressure.
"If you have a three-way stack soybean product like Enlist E3 that provides tolerance to multiple herbicides, you’re increasing your chances of killing weeds that are resistant to a specific herbicide class,” he states. “When you plant Enlist E3 soybeans, you have the tools to focus your weed control program on major troublesome and resistant weeds, such as common and giant ragweed, Palmer amaranth, marestail and waterhemp.”
Flexibility isn’t the only benefit for farmers. Safety is another. Both Enlist One™ and Enlist Duo® herbicides include Colex-D™ technology, which reduces physical drift and features near-zero volatility to protect surrounding fields. Ultimately, it means more product stays where it’s sprayed.
AgVenture offers a wide variety of beans for different uses, depending on what the farmer is looking for. “In addition to Enlist E3 soybeans, our overall portfolio includes more than 70 soybean varieties with herbicide-tolerant traits to meet the needs of virtually any production system,” Shaner says. He stresses that matching the herbicide to the trait depends on having a long-term crop management plan. “Farmers need to work with their AgVenture Yield Specialist (AYS) to create an in-depth plan, which includes mapping fields for next year.
"When you and your AYS walk fields late in the season, you need to take thorough notes on the weed pressure and make sure that weeds are correctly identified,” he says. “That information will form the basis of your weed management plan, which will include which crop to put into which field and which trait it needs to have for effective weed control.”
The strength of AgVenture’s portfolio is based on the company’s ability to access traits from multiple leading trait suppliers, an approach that sets AgVenture apart. “Because of how AgVenture builds its portfolio, the options are wide open for farmers in a given region of the country,” Shaner says. “Most traits in the industry are available to each local AgVenture Regional Seed Company to put in their lineup.
"Other seed companies may have limited options and push their customers into a certain variety or trait package, but we work with a wide range of providers so we have access to more traits and genetics. That’s a real benefit for our customers,” he adds.
While there may be other three-way herbicide-tolerant stacks in the future, Enlist E3 soybeans are leading the pack in this cutting-edge technology. “As we go down the road two or three years, you’re going to see a variety of top-performing genetics available in Enlist E3 soybeans. The genetic performance on these lines is going to accelerate rapidly. And that’s great news,” Shaner says.
With more advances on the horizon, Enlist E3 technology is just a springboard to what lies ahead. What next? Stay tuned.
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