The Enlist E3 soybean has cleared its final hurdle with the Philippines giving regulatory approval to imports of soybeans containing the trait.
The move will mean farmers can plant the soybeans this season without worrying about segregating them during harvest. The Philippines approval also kicked off the launch of the Enlist soybean production system.
The Enlist E3 soybean, developed jointly by Corteva Agriscience and MS Technologies, was genetically modified to withstand over-the-top in-season applications of glyphosate, glufosinate and 2,4-D. They are paired with Corteva’s Enlist Duo, a premix of 2,4-D choline and glyphosate, or Enlist One, a stand-alone 2,4-choline.
Earlier this year, China approved imports of soybeans and corn containing the Enlist trait.
Farmers can apply Enlist herbicides in burn down through post-emergence in conjunction with Enlist E3 soybeans to help control tough and glyphosate-resistant weeds, according to a joint statement from Corteva and MS Technologies. The additional tolerance to glufosinate means growers can use three post-emergence herbicide modes of action in Enlist E3 soybean fields.
There also is no plant-back window after a burn down application of Enlist herbicides.
Enlist E3 soybeans will be available for planting in 2019. They also will be available in commercial quantities across all Corteva Agriscience brands in 2020, including Pioneer brand, as well as from Stine Seed Co. and Merschman Seed Co.
In addition, Corteva and MS Technologies plan to broadly license Enlist E3 soybean technology. The companies are currently in discussions with more than 100 seed brands and expect growers to use the technology on more than 10 percent of U.S. and Canada soybean acres in 2020.