This summer, more farmers than ever have been able to evaluate Enlist Duo herbicide on their own farms. They’re reporting exceptional control of tough weeds and also say that the material is staying on target.
Cotton farmers this year have had access to the full Enlist system. They’ve been able to apply Enlist Duo herbicide postemergence on more than 500,000 acres of PhytoGen cotton varieties that contain the Enlist trait.
“When we applied the 2,4-D choline, it seemed to stick really well,” says Austin Warbington, who grows cotton and peanuts in Georgia. “I don’t believe we had any off-target movement anywhere that I could see.”
Warbington farms in an area where on-target application is critical. He wants a product that stays where he applies it.
Jack Kent of Arkansas has similar needs. This summer, Kent used Enlist Duo on both Enlist cotton and Enlist soybeans, the latter grown as part of a stewarded Field Forward program. This program gives farmers the opportunity to try new technology before commercialization.
“We’ve had no drift issues whatsoever,” Kent says. “There was nothing detectible anywhere around me.”
Enlist Duo features Colex-D technology, which limits drift and greatly reduces volatility.
Illinois farmer Ben Hortenstine also planted Enlist soybeans as part of the Field Forward program.
“When we sprayed Enlist Duo, drift was next to zero,” Hortenstine says. “When you’re spraying any other herbicide, it seems like you have the ‘driftable’ fines behind you. Enlist Duo sprayed straight down to the crop.”
“We don’t want any off-target movement,” says Warbington of Georgia. “I think the 2,4-D choline is really a better alternative.”
Farmers using the herbicide this year were impressed with the weed control they’ve achieved.
“The control…was phenomenal,” says Luke Liechty of Indiana, who also is growing Enlist soybeans under Field Forward protocols. “Within a day, I could see the weeds we were targeting were definitely starting to curl. I was very impressed with the control of both grasses and broadleaves.”
Hortenstine of Illinois says that Enlist Duo controlled his biggest problem weed – waterhemp.
Likewise, Arkansas’ Kent saw exceptional suppression of troublesome pigweed. “The weed control is beyond belief, better than anything we’ve had,” he says. “If you’re not familiar with pigweeds, they’re very aggressive, and they never stop coming at you. It’s a constant pressure.”
Kent sees the Enlist system as a way to control his toughest weeds while not putting susceptible crops at risk.
“Every part about this system has worked really well,” he says. “This is the best-looking cotton that’s ever been on this farm so far. I believe if you will do what it says on the label, you’re not going to have any problems.”
AgFax Weed Solutions
Enlist Duo herbicide is part of a program approach to weed control that includes burndown and residual herbicides, then followed with postemergence control with Enlist Duo, which features 2,4-D choline and glyphosate. In cotton and soybeans, the Enlist trait package also offers tolerance to glufosinate.
More information: Enlist.com. To hear from other farmers using this technology, visit Enlist.com/Experiencing Enlist. You also can follow the Enlist system on Twitter at@EnlistOnline or go to the YouTube channel.