South Korea Approves Enlist Cotton for Food Use

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South Korea recently approved Enlist cotton for food use. The South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety ruling gives full feed and food import approval for cotton varieties containing the Enlist trait. The ruling allows use of cottonseed oil and products in the country’s food system.

This means U.S. cotton growers can plant varieties containing the Enlist trait with confidence. Cotton grown using this technology now has full export approval in key countries, according to Dow AgroSciences, which developed the new weed control system.

John Chase, Dow AgroSciences Enlist commercial leader, says the Enlist weed control system takes weed control to the next level by building on the Roundup Ready system.

Enlist cotton, he says, is part of the Enlist weed control system, and is tolerant to new 2,4-D choline, glyphosate and glufosinate for postemergence control of tough weeds. Once registered for use on Enlist cotton, growers can use Enlist Duo herbicide, a combination of a new 2,4-D and glyphosate. Registration of Enlist Duo for use on Enlist cotton is anticipated for the 2017 cropping season.

Enlist cotton gives growers additional postemergence options to control difficult and resistant weeds. The Enlist trait is being incorporated into top-performing PhytoGen brand varieties.

“Broad export approval will allow us to build on the successful 2016 launch of the Enlist trait in PhytoGen cottonseed,” Chase says. “We will be able to accelerate our ability to bring this valuable trait to more cotton growers who need new solutions to difficult weed challenges.”

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