One reason to go to the Farm Progress Show on Aug. 27, 28 and 29 in Decatur, Ill., is to rub shoulders with the chemists, breeders and engineers who develop the technology. It's the show where companies send some of their leading people to man booths and give tours, since they know the audience will be a good portion of farmers from across the Midwest.
One company taking that philosophy will be Dow AgroSciences. They have plots growing at the show site that will demonstrate their latest technologies. Plans are to have a greeting center for visitors plus guided tours which depart as often as necessary to serve the crowd that gathers. These will be walking tours.
Luke Peters is Technology Demonstration Leader for Dow AgroSciences. He says a large percentage of their plot area will be devoted to the new Enlist technology. This allows them to spray their modified version of 2,4-D on resistant plants without crop injury. The technology has not been approved yet by authorities. In fact, Dow AgroSciences and Monsanto both were told that the regulatory agencies were going to do more study, delaying introduction of separate technologies from the two companies by about a year.
However, Peters says it appears that Enlist for soybeans could still come out in 2015, as originally projected. It is corn that will be delayed. Dow AgroSciences had hoped to a 2014 launch. The launch for both corn and soybeans is now expected to be in 2015.
The demonstrations on the tour will show how Dow AgroSciences has addressed drift and volatility, two concerns with the original 2,4-D product, Peters notes. Other technologies that Dow AgroSciences will showcase during a tour of their plots will be the nitrogen stabilizing technologies and weed control technologies for both corn and soybeans with existing chemistries from the company.