September 1, 2023
When one change yields big results, word travels fast. And soybean farmers across the Midwest have discovered that better weed control and higher yields can go hand in hand.
Pioneer® brand Enlist E3® soybeans have brought more flexible weed control to fields where tough-to-control weeds have wreaked havoc on crops. Easier management combined with high-yielding genetics have opened the door for sweeping adoption of the trait technology across Midwestern states.
Liz Knutson, Pioneer Soybean Marketing Leader, said farmers have rapidly switched to Pioneer brand A-Series Enlist E3 soybeans because of improved weed control — but that transition has accelerated as farmers realize these new varieties also offer yield gains that put more bushels in the bin.
“Farmers have found a winning combination of yield and weed control with Pioneer brand A-series Enlist E3 soybeans,” Knutson said. “We’re continually hearing success stories from farmers who have made the switch and seen excellent results.”
Perspectives from the turnrow
Dennis Gallagher is one of those success stories. Gallagher farms in Holly Spring, Iowa, and he says a clean field is not only important agronomically — it's a point of pride for farmers.
“In our family, it’s always been very important to control all of the weeds and grasses. We take a lot of pride in having weed-free fields, ” Gallagher said. “There are long-term benefits of clean fields — even our cornfields next year will be much better.”
With Enlist E3 soybeans, Gallagher has been able to keep fields clean and carry on those family values.
“Planting Enlist E3 soybeans the last few years, we have found they provide an opportunity for excellent weed control, and they give us flexibility as to when we spray,” Gallagher said. “We’ve used both Enlist Duo and Enlist One herbicides, and they provide very good weed control over our Enlist E3 soybeans.”
As far as yield, the Iowa farmer said these beans offer the performance he’s come to expect from Pioneer brand varieties.
“Pioneer Enlist E3 soybeans have yielded very well,” Gallagher said. “We’ve been very happy with the yields — we love the Pioneer lineup of products.”
Gallagher is not alone. Doug Van Hoveln farms in Clay, Illinois, and he’s experienced similar results. He too planted Enlist E3 soybeans for the weed control — but soon discovered that yields were as good or better than other beans.
“We really like the weed control with Enlist herbicides — that’s the biggest reason we went to the Enlist E3 beans,” VanHoveln said. “We like the ease of application, and the performance has been good. Enlist One herbicide provides flexibility because we can add tank-mix partners to address specific weed issues. It really worked well.”
He also said the system instills confidence during application because of the near-zero volatility of Enlist® herbicides.
“In my opinion, this is the best trait technology on the market from the ease of use and peace of mind. When you spray Enlist herbicides, they stay put,” Van Hoveln said. “And I have been very satisfied with the yields. They have been just as good as the Xtend beans that we previously planted.”
Bringing your A-game: More bushels per acre
Knutson said Pioneer brought its A-game with these new beans and that starts with its industry-leading research facilities and breeding stations. Breeders focus on yield and defensive traits so that farmers can take their A-game to the field.
That focus on research and development has created game-changing results in recent years. Pioneer brand A-Series Enlist E3 soybeans are exclusive next-generation varieties that combine the company’s highest-yielding genetics with the most advanced, fastest-growing herbicide trait technology.
Knutson said the data backs up the results. Pioneer brand A-Series soybeans outyielded Asgrow XtendFlex by an average of 3 bu/A during extensive testing and trials at farming locations across the U.S. in 2022.¹ That’s a real advantage when it comes to increasing profitability and economic sustainability on the farm.
Plus, Pioneer brand A-Series soybeans have been developed with the native defensive traits farmers need to fight soybean cyst nematode, sudden death syndrome, white mold, Phytophthora and other yield-robbing diseases. As every coach knows, a championship team needs both a good offense and defense.
“The unique germplasm in Pioneer brand A-Series Enlist E3 soybeans was developed and tested to deliver strong agronomic performance, plant health and higher yield potential for our customers,” Knutson said. “Our customers want to be leaders, and they want to plant the leader in next-generation genetics and trait technologies.”
¹ 1 Data is based on an average of 2022 on-farm and IMPACT™ trial comparisons made in the U.S. of top 25 2023 demand planned A-Series Enlist E3 varieties through November 20, 2022. Comparisons are against Asgrow® XtendFlex® varieties and within a +/- 3 RM of the competitive brand. Product performance is variable and subject to any number of environmental, disease and pest pressures. Individual results may vary and from year to year and prior performance is not a guarantee of future performance. Multi-year and multi-location data are a better predictor of future performance. DO NOT USE THIS OR ANY OTHER DATA FROM A LIMITED NUMBER OF TRIALS AS A SIGNIFICANT FACTOR IN PRODUCT SELECTION. Refer to www.pioneer.com or contact a Pioneer sales representative or authorized dealer for the latest and complete listing of traits and scores for each Pioneer® brand product.
Pioneer® brand products are provided subject to the terms and conditions of purchase which are part of the labeling and purchase documents.
™ ® Pioneer, Colex-D, Enlist E3, Enlist Duo and Enlist One are trademarks of Corteva Agriscience and its affiliated companies. The transgenic soybean event in Enlist E3® soybeans is jointly developed and owned by Corteva Agriscience and M.S. Technologies L.L.C. Enlist Duo® and Enlist One® herbicides are not registered for sale or use in all states or counties. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your area. Enlist Duo and Enlist One are the only 2,4-D products authorized for use with Enlist crops. Consult Enlist herbicide labels for weed species controlled. Always read and follow label directions. © 2023 Corteva.
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