As part of the regulatory process, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) public comment period for Enlist™ corn closed April 27, 2012. This regulatory step means the USDA is one step closer to allowing farmers access to new technology that will help control glyphosate-resistant and hard-to-control weeds.

Farmers and other agricultural stakeholders submitted comments to the docket to communicate to regulators and policymakers regarding their weed control challenges and reinforce the need for new technology. Below are several excerpts that illustrate the voice of agriculture. The entire online docket can be accessed at regulations.gov.

The Challenge

"Growers now recognize the need to adjust herbicide programs to combat and prevent weed resistance, and realize their cost of weed control will increase dramatically. Mechanical control methods to combat resistant weeds are not an option as soil loss due to erosion will increase.”
     –Edward Logan, Logan Agri-Service, Inc., Griggsville, Illinois

"On our farm we take very seriously the need to read and follow label instructions, for the health of our environment and ourselves, for the effectiveness of the application, and for the long-term availability of the product."
     –Zachary Hunnicutt, farmer, Hunnicutt Farms, Nebraska

"The progression of agricultural products is very important to our business, our environment, and the people that we serve. Being stewards of the land, weed control is very important, and new and improved ways to control these hard to control species of plants is becoming more important every year."
     –Steve Mossbarger, Crop Protection Services

The Threat

“Glyphosate is a very important part of our business for controlling weeds and if we lose its effectiveness, our customer’s will lose a lot of yield, and dollars per acre. Weed control in today’s environment has come down to using several different modes of action to combat resistance.”
     –Bruce Schmidt, Genesis, Belle Plaine, Minnesota

"At a time when meeting the demand for more food to feed a growing population, production losses to weeds are unacceptable. Growers are searching for solutions which will maintain the current efficient and environmentally conscious production practices.”
     –James Byrum, Michigan Agribusiness Association

"Being a good steward of technologies used in our operation is extremely important to us, as we are essentially farming inside an urban area. We strive to demonstrate to our urban neighbors how we can safely utilize new technology in row crop farming."
     –Warren Stemme, farmer, Missouri

"Farmers, contrary to popular belief, are the best stewards of nature and conservation we have on earth."
     –Tommy Young, farmer, Arkansas

The Solution

"Dow AgroSciences has developed a new technology that will limit drift and off-target movement of this product to keep it in the field we are targeting. I have seen the demonstration plots of this product and the old problems associated with 2,4-d is eliminated."
     –Regan Wear, Shipman Elevator Company

"We have a family farm operation in central Iowa. Each year we are finding glyphosate less effective in controling weeds. The adoption of a new technology, like Enlist, is essential if we are to continue to grow better crops to feed the world."
     –Brian Sansgaard, Sansgaard Group, Iowa

"Dow has made great strides in developing this new formulation and advocating environmental stewardship of its users. A 2,4-D formulation that offers low volatility and a wide application interval would arm farmers with a great tool to fight the resistant/problem broadleaf weeds we have today."
     –John Wyss, Heritage FS Inc.

"The cost to farmers unable to utilize new technology like the Enlist program could be in the millions of dollars when losses to yield and increased herbicide costs are figured. Weeds are one of the largest yield robbers in field crops. Lack of weed control due to herbicide resistance is an ever increasing cost to farmers."
     –Mark White, Missouri Corn Growers Association

"With proper education and training, I believe that the use of Colex-D can be a viable solution for improved weed control and the use of this system of weed management can co-exist alongside conventional farming operations."
     –Robert Wolf, Wolf Consulting and Research, Professor Emeritus Kansas State University

The Value

"Dow AgroSciences has a stewardship program in place for growers to train and educate them on their proper use. This is vital to protect these technologies from misuse and becoming ineffective.”
     –Monty Hansen, Hansen Farms, Nebraska

"The use of 2,4-D to assist in the management of glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth would have instant and monumental impact in cotton and soybean production."
     –Stanley Culpepper, University of Georgia

"Dow Agro Sciences’ effort to develop the Enlist Weed Control System is one way we can achieve better crop protection and utilize weed resistance management tools at the same time. As this new technology nears the marketplace, I am behind Dow’s energy and commitment to get this new measure of sound agronomic practices into the hands of today’s farmers."
     –David Shields, Farmers Cooperative, Iowa

"I strongly feel that the proposed technology would drastically increase our production efficiency through better weed control, simplify our herbicide tolerant cropping systems, as well as reduce and control current weed herbicide tolerance with chemistry that has been proven over decades."
     –Bryan Pietig,Virchow Seed and Insurance, South Dakota

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