Dow AgroSciences and the Save Our Crops Coalition have agreed to modify their positions with respect to 2,4-D tolerant crops after discussions regarding SOCC’s concern for the potential for herbicide injury to non-target plants.
According to a joint statement, SOCC “will amend its comments and petitions to USDA and EPA to the extent they challenge applications for approval of Dow AgroSciences’ new seed and herbicide products to be commercialized as part of the Enlist weed control system.”
For its part, Dow AgroSciences will request an amendment to its label pending before EPA to include additional statements relating to herbicide applications near sensitive crops.
The statement also read that SOCC believes that commitments made by Dow AgroSciences “represent substantial measures to mitigate potential non-target plant damage impacts from herbicide spray drift and volatilization associated with 2,4-D tolerant crops.
"Dow AgroSciences also reaffirms its commitments to assist in the investigation, diagnosis and resolution of alleged non-target claims, and in educating growers and applicators in management practices and proper application to reduce off target movement, especially in areas with sensitive crops.
"The SOCC notes that impressive research findings presented by Dow AgroSciences have been published in refereed journal articles. Specifically, SOCC cited research Dow AgroSciences has made available indicating the reduced drift and volatilization potential of its new herbicide solution for Enlist crops.
“Through this dialogue, both Dow AgroSciences and SOCC have achieved a better understanding of the each other’s perspective and concerns as well as have agreed to take additional steps to ensure the coexistence of the Enlist technology with sensitive crops growers.”