Dow's Enlist Ahead program puts forth requirements and recommendations for using Enlist "that will help ensure the success for growers using the technology and the benefits of the system. It is designed for the growers and applicators to ultimately be successful without causing problems for their neighbors," said Mark Peterson, global biology team leader for Dow AgroSciences who spearheading the Enlist system research.
Monsanto has details about its dicamba-tolerant crops and stewardship at RoundupReadyPLUS.com.
Current on-line registries for sensitive crop locations, like www.driftwatch.org in the Midwest, can be expanded to the Southeast to help growers pinpoint sensitive crops, Peterson said, noting that most farmers now have mobile computers, their phones, readily available to do this easily.
Both companies will setup their own "learning centers" around the Southeast to showcase the technologies, particularly the proper way to apply and handle them.
Specialty crop growers are concerned the technology will intrude on their crops.
What's to keep a grower from not using off-the-shelf generic and problematic 2,4-D or dicamba in these new weed systems? First, both products will have to remain competitively priced against generic products. And both companies will require growers to agree to use only the new reformulated chemistries on the tolerant crops.
Both Peterson and Shannon Hauf, Monsanto's lead on Roundup Ready 2 Xtend, say neither weed program alone will be the "Silver Bullet" to Southeast weed control. Growers must continue to use multiple modes of herbicides, including residuals, to fight herbicide resistance.