Tommy Young, Tuckerman, Ark., has a problem that has developed on his farm in the last three years - Palmer amaranth can't be killed reliably on his farm by the crop protection products he trusts. The result is that he is concerned about keeping his crops cleaned while sticking to his commitment to no-till.
"I saw a moldboard plow at work on my way here, I haven't seen that in a long time," Young told media attending the 2012 Commodity Classic in Nashville, Tenn.
It's that concern that drives his interest in new technologies that can help his farm, but at the same time he's says he's concern about how those technologies will be preserved. Young was among a group of farmer speakers when Dow AgroSciences announced its new program - Enlist Ahead - to support its Enlist technology in the field when it comes to market.
"Enlist Ahead is being developed with a lot of input from farmers, ag retailers, academics and other stakeholders," says Damon Palmer, U.S. commercial leader, Enlist Weed Control System, Dow AgroSciences. "The new program offers three pillars - technology advances, educational tools and training and management support."
While Young's experience with Palmer amaranth is an extreme, other farmers on the panel speaking to media - Alan Kemper, chair of the American Soybean Association and a Lafayette, Ind., farmer and Ken McCauley, former president of the National Corn Growers Association, and a White Cloud, Kan., farmer both spoke of their concerns for new resistant weed. "We need to be good stewards of this technology going forward," Kemper says.
Both Kemper and McCauley note that their sons, who are joining their operations, are facing weed pressures the two farmers have not faced. "The pace of change is accelerating and something like Enlist Ahead makes sense for this new technology," McCauley says.
According to Dow AgroSciences, the Enlist Ahead program will offer technology advances including Colex-D Technology, which is the backbone tech supporting the crop protection portion of the system. With the tech, the new formulation will provide lower volatility and reduced risk of spray drift.
In addition, the program will include instructor-led training in the field, on the Web and in the classroom to boost understanding of the complete Enlist system. Retailers and seed sellers will also have access to an online library to train their employees and farmer customers on topics ranging from weed management to spray application.
You can learn more online at www.enlist.com.