Enlist Weed Control System successfully introduced to Corn Belt farmers

Commercial-size farms across the Corn Belt are gearing up to implement the Enlist Weed Control System this summer, with growing approval.

The program comes as part of a stewarded introduction of Enlist corn, in addition to the production of Enlist soybeans as part of Dow AgroSciences’ Field Forward program. Timed alongside the launch of Enlist Duo herbicide, growers are using Enlist Duo, which is a blend of new 2,4-D choline and glyphosate, to eradicate yield-robbing broadleaf weeds.

Andy Thies, a field agronomist who is part of a Nebraska cooperative, has personally witnessed the benefits of Enlist Duo controlled glyphosate-resistant waterhemp in action.

“In the southeast corner of the state, waterhemp is our biggest problem," Thies said. "It is completely resistant to Roundup. When we applied Enlist Duo, it nailed it, controlling the waterhemp without a problem. Having the Enlist system as an effective tool for controlling waterhemp is going to be the biggest benefit in our area.”

Across South Dakota, another benefit has presented itself, with the treatment proving capable of controlling water hemp as well as other highly resistant weeds such as marestail and lambsquarter.

Farmers across the Corn Belt are relieved and encouraged by the success of the new system.

“It’s been a tough year,” Adam Schwering, an Indiana grower, said. “We haven’t been able to get to the fields when we’ve wanted to. So, with Enlist Duo, the benefits of no plant-back restriction and the wide application window have really helped us. It provides us more flexibility with timing as we deal with the wet conditions we’ve been facing all season.”

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