The first commercially available cottonseed with the Enlist cotton trait was recently planted near Danevang, Texas, in the upper Gulf Coast. Dean Hansen of El Campo, Texas, was the first producer in North America to plant PHY 490 W3FE.
“I’m excited to be on the forefront of a new weed control system that will offer us an effective, alternative control of resistant weeds — in a variety that delivers the early season vigor, quality and yield that I’ve come to expect from PhytoGen,” Hansen says.
In PhytoGen cottonseed, the Enlist trait builds upon the Roundup Ready Flex system, and provides tolerance to Enlist Duo herbicide, a proprietary blend of new 2,4-D choline and glyphosate. The Enlist cotton trait also provides full tolerance to glufosinate. Enlist Duo with Colex-D technology will be the only 2, 4-D-containing product labeled for in-crop use with the Enlist cotton trait. Enlist Duo is not yet registered for use on cotton.
PhytoGen brand varieties with the Enlist cotton trait also feature the WideStrike 3 Insect Protection trait, which provides more robust control of cotton bollworm and other lepidopteran pests. PHY 490 W3FE also provides native resistance to bacterial blight.
Hansen says the ability to have a varied herbicide program during the growing season will help him realize the full potential of his seed investment. Hank King, U.S. leader for PhytoGen cottonseed, agrees.
“Bringing the Enlist cotton trait to the PhytoGen portfolio will help growers across the United States manage hard-to-control weeds and help deliver higher yield and fiber quality potential,” King says.