Dow AgroSciences unveiled several technologies at a media day this week.
Perhaps Kevin Steffey presented the most striking demonstration, introducing PowerCore, a new BT product that will be coupled with the Enlist trait. Enlist Duo on Enlist corn was available in a limited rollout this year. The company introduced Enlist Duo for use on Enlist corn and seed production of Enlist soybeans. Enlist Duo contains the company's unique formulation of 2,4-D with Colex-D technology.
Steffey, a long-time entomologist at the University of Illinois, returned to his home state to help Dow AgroSciences educate growers and staff as a member of the company's Tech Transfer Team.
Power Core will continue the revolution the Bt trait has brought to insect control, Steffey says. It offers three different modes of action against above-ground insect pests. It does not contain a rootworm-trait component.
PowerCore will protect against black cutworm, corn earworm, fall armyworm, western bean cutworm, European corn borer and southwestern corn borer, plus more, Steffey says. "These insects are un predictable as to when they will be a problem," Steffey says. "What this product will offer is yield protection against possible yield losses."
This new product will be positioned where growers aren't concerned about rootworm on a regular basis, he notes. Farmers with rootworm concerns can still get full protection by planting Smart-Stax hybrids.
Dow AgroScience's also unveiled a name for GF3471 herbicide. It's Resicore, a mixture of three active ingredients that have never been marketed together before, spokespersons say. Some herbicide names seem to have little logic. Truth is sources say they're often named in funny ways to find a unique name which hasn't already been registered. This one has meaning.
The 'resi' portion refers to providing performance from trusted residual products. Three modes of action are represented- classes 15, 27 and 4. It also refers to the help this herbicide will offer on resistance management. 'Core' was added because Dow AgroSciences believes this product could become the foundation, or core, of corn weed control programs for many farmers. It complements the company's Enlist weed control system as well.