Curtis Thompson – Enlist

(Curtis) I’m Curtis Thompson Extension and Research, Weed Science at Kansas State University and State Leader for the Agronomy Department. Today we are making some comments about some recent developments with the forward movement of the enlist crops. And making that one step closer for growers to have these tools available to them. Having that Section 3 is the first main step. And then of course, we have to follow with state labels. We have to follow with getting approvals for trading these grains to other countries and so we still have some steps yet to go. But it’s a real good stride forward for us. And what we see these enlist programs bringing and of course, Dow has the enlist corn, the enlist soybeans, and enlist cotton.And within these three crops allowing the use of their formulation of 2-4-D to help manage broad leaf weeds. And we are really battling in the state of Kansas with resistant weeds, both water hemp, palmer amaranth, marestail, giant rag weed, common rag weed and Kochia. And this will be another tool in the tool box that we have available to us that we can use in a rotation of herbicides in these crops that will allow us especially to manage the very difficult pig weed species that we’re currently dealing with, the Glyphosate resistant palmer amaranth and the Glyphosate resistant water hemp as well as giving us another tool to manage marestail. It won’t be terribly effective on Kochia out west. We still have to depend on the dicamba type products in those programs to be able to manage Kochia. Moving this way with enlist crops may lead the segway to some additional growth regulator herbicides, the release of the dicamba tolerant programs that we also have in cotton and in soybeans. Again, another tool in the tool box to help us manage resistant weeds. And why that’s so important is if we could utilize different tools each and every year, diversifying our herbicide program like we diversify crop rotations, that can be very beneficial not only to help us control resistant weeds but perhaps to slow the development of any new evolving or developing resistant weeds and weed species. On Fridays of every week we do release our E-Updates. This is a newsletter from K-State Agronomy Extension. In these E-Updates we will be providing some updated information over time on some of these newer technologies. We’ll also be advertising some extension programs like our soybean schools during the month of February where we’ll be discussing these technologies in a little more depth.

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