Dow AgroSciences and the Save Our Crops Coalition have concluded discussions to resolve SOCC concerns regarding the potential for herbicide injury to non-target plants following the introduction of Dow AgroSciences' new 2,4-D tolerant crops.
Through these discussions, the groups report that they have achieved a better understanding of each other's perspective and concerns and have agreed also to take additional steps to ensure the coexistence of the Enlist technology with sensitive crops growers. Each organization agreed to modify positions with respect to pending regulatory matters around 2,4-D tolerant crops.
Because of commitments made by Dow AgroSciences, SOCC will amend its comments and petitions to USDA and the Environmental Protection Agency to the extent they challenge applications for approval of Dow AgroSciences' new seed and herbicide products to be commercialized as part of the Enlist Weed Control System. SOCC believes that commitments made by Dow AgroSciences represent substantial measures to mitigate potential non-target plant damage impacts from herbicide spray drift and volatilization associated with 2,4-D tolerant crops.
Dow AgroSciences will request an amendment to its label pending before EPA to include additional statements relating to herbicide applications near sensitive crops. Dow AgroSciences also reaffirms its commitments to assist in the investigation, diagnosis and resolution of alleged non-target claims, and in educating growers and applicators in management practices and proper application to reduce off target movement, especially in areas with sensitive crops.
SOCC cites research Dow AgroSciences has made available indicating the reduced drift and volatilization potential of its new herbicide solution for Enlist crops.