On Tuesday the EPA finally announced the final registration and approval of BASF’s Engenia herbicide, another option for growers who plant dicamba tolerant soybeans. Engenia is approved for control of more than 200 broadleaf weeds, including some that have become glyphosate resistant. EPA says the product will be available for the 2017 crop season
According to BASF, Engenia herbicide provides an additional, effective site of action and has several benefits when compared to other dicamba formulations, including:
- An advanced formulation, with a 70 percent reduction in volatility when compared to DGA dicamba.
- The lowest use rate of all dicamba products on the market.
- Added flexibility with the option for direct injection, which reduces the number of tank cleanouts and refills.
BASF added that their studies of Engenia show that the product will be more effective than 2, 4-D for residual control of waterhemp and common lambsquarter and will also provide effective post emerge control of kochia, cocklebur and Canada Thistle
To date, glyphosate-resistant weeds have been identified on more than two-thirds of U.S. farm acres, totaling more than 61 million affected acres. According to the International Survey of Herbicide Resistant Weeds, there are currently 16 species of glyphosate-resistant weeds spread across 38 states, and research shows additional weed species are developing resistance to multiple sites of action.