EPA announces proposed decision to register herbicide
INDIANAPOLIS - April 30, 2014
The Enlist™ technology from Dow AgroSciences, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: Dow), has reached another milestone in the regulatory review process. Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its proposed decision to register Enlist Duo™. Enlist Duo is the herbicide for use with the Enlist system.
The EPA also opened a 30-day comment period, giving growers and others an opportunity to provide input on Enlist Duo herbicide before the agency makes its final registration decision.
Enlist Duo™ herbicide is a proprietary blend of new 2,4-D choline and glyphosate. Enlist Duo features Colex-D™ Technology, which will provide farmers with key stewardship and user benefits, including minimized potential for physical drift, ultra-low volatility, reduced odor and better handling characteristics.
“In its review, the EPA acknowledged the significant scientific advancements Dow AgroSciences has achieved with Enlist Duo herbicide” says Damon Palmer, U.S. commercial leader for Enlist, Dow AgroSciences. “Enlist Duo herbicide will help solve the weed control challenges growers are facing, and will be another option to further reduce the potential for development of herbicide-resistant weeds.” Data from late last year showed that more than 86 percent of corn, soybean and cotton growers in the South and 61 percent in the Midwest reported hard to control weeds on their farms.
The draft label for Enlist Duo™ includes proposed registration for Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Dow AgroSciences is working with the EPA to expand the list of states in time for the technology’s launch.
“At a time when farmers need to raise crop outputs to meet growing demand, the Enlist™ Weed Control System will provide an important tool and substantial economic benefits,” Palmer added.
In its “Proposed Registration of Enlist Duo Herbicide” released today, EPA says it has a “full and scientifically robust data set on 2,4-D” with respect to human health. Regulatory agencies in more than 70 countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Canada, Japan, Australia and the U.S., have authorized the use of 2,4-D since 2001 using modern regulatory requirements.
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