By Leonardo Gottems, Reporter for Agropages
Christian Meyer Pflug, Enlist Leader in Brazil and Paraguay at Corteva Agriscience, talked exclusively to AgroPages
about its preparations for the launch of ‘Enlist’ in Brazil, as well as what Enlist will offer to soybean producers in Brazil and its market outlook.
How are you preparing for the arrival of Enlist in Brazil?
Firstly, it is important to explain that our marketing strategy is based on the regulations of countries where we operate, or that will buy products that use our solutions, in line with our code of conduct related to responsible performance and the “Excellence in Good Agricultural Practices.” Therefore, we await the approval of regulatory authorities before marketing the complete Enlist solution.
The solution will be marketed with soybean Enlist E3, which is tolerant to three herbicides, and we already obtained approval for this technology. Enlist will also be marketed with Conkesta E3 soybean, which is also tolerant to herbicides and resistant to caterpillars. Conkesta E3 soybean is awaiting regulatory approval. We aim to release the complete solution at the start of the next decade. It is important to emphasize that Enlist will be available in many productive varieties, through licensed brands and unique genetics.
How will the technology be marketed to farmers?
The technology is not yet available in the Brazilian market for marketing, because as previously mentioned, we are waiting for regulatory approvals. Part of the technology, which provides tolerance to three herbicides (Enlist E3) is already approved, but we are waiting for the approval of Conkesta E3 soybean, which will come with Bt technology and provide better caterpillar control. In the meantime, we are presenting Enlist at industry events and trade shows to customers, so they can learn about its benefits and its future release to the market. Based on these efforts, feedback has been very positive, and we noticed that farmers are looking forward to the release of Enlist in the market, which will represent progress in controlling weeds and caterpillars.
What does this technology offer?
Enlist has diverse modes of action when used on weeds tolerant to three soybean herbicides (2,4-D, glyphosate and glufosinate) and four corn herbicides (2,4-D, glyphosate, glufosinate and haloxyfop), and even Bt for soy and corn. Consequently, it enables greater control of weeds and caterpillars. Enlist even controls weeds that are no longer controlled effectively by other widely used herbicides today. It also offers more practicality and flexibility for producers, who can use 2,4-D from desiccation to post-emergence in soybean and corn crops. To encourage responsible use and ensure the longevity of the technology, Enlist follows good agricultural practices.
What is the market outlook?
Enlist represent progress in the market, because Enlist seeds achieve excellent weed control, even better than herbicides that can no longer control weeds satisfactorily. When used with new Bt technologies, Enlist will also control major caterpillars that attack crops.