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Corteva Agriscience News: Herbicides Cleared for Broader Use

Following an Endangered Species Act review, Corteva's Enlist herbicides are now approved for broader use in key U.S. regions.

Key Highlights

  1. Comprehensive ESA Review Completed: Corteva Agriscience’s Enlist® herbicides have successfully undergone an extensive Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation process.
  2. Final Biological Opinion Issued: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) have issued a Final Biological Opinion (BiOp), lifting restrictions in key U.S. counties.
  3. Restoration in Restricted Counties: Key growing regions in Texas and Georgia will see restored access to Enlist herbicides with the elimination of whole-county application restrictions.
  4. Enhanced Weed Control Options for Farmers: The Enlist system, known for its low volatility and minimal physical drift, is now more accessible, offering practical and sustainable weed control.
  5. Ongoing Compliance with Label Guidelines: Applicators must follow current product labels and consult Endangered Species Protection Bulletins for specific regional guidelines.

Expanded Accessibility in Agriculture

Corteva Agriscience Inc., a leading name in the agriculture industry, has achieved a significant milestone with the expanded approval of its Enlist® herbicides. After a thorough review under the Endangered Species Act, these herbicides are now set for broader use in previously restricted areas of the United States, notably in critical counties of Texas and Georgia. This development marks a significant advancement for farmers in these regions, providing them with more effective tools for weed control in their agricultural practices.

The Path to Approval: ESA Consultation and Results

The process began with an exhaustive review by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a consultation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS). The outcome was a favorable Final Biological Opinion (BiOp) that paves the way for lifting restrictions on the use of Enlist herbicides in various counties. This decision underscores the herbicides’ compliance with environmental and safety standards, ensuring they pose minimal risks to endangered species and their habitats.

Impact on Sustainable Agriculture

According to Robert King, Executive Vice President of Crop Protection Business at Corteva Agriscience, the Enlist system stands out for its near-zero volatility and reduced potential for physical drift, making it a preferred choice for sustainable weed control. The EPA’s endorsement and the subsequent removal of county-wide restrictions are expected to provide farmers with greater certainty and access to environmentally responsible weed management solutions.

Guidelines for Applicators

Farmers and applicators are advised to continue adhering to the current product labels until supplemental labels are issued. They should also consult the Endangered Species Protection Bulletins, which will provide detailed guidance on targeted sub-county restrictions in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas. This measure ensures that the application of Enlist herbicides aligns with both environmental conservation efforts and the needs of modern agriculture.

The clearance for broader use of Enlist® herbicides represents a significant step forward in sustainable agriculture. It highlights Corteva’s commitment to developing innovative solutions that enhance agricultural productivity and respect and protect the environment. Farmers in the affected regions can now look forward to accessing these advanced herbicides, contributing to more efficient and sustainable farming practices.

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