New corn technology adds more flexibility – AgriNews

JOHNSTON, Iowa — Corteva Agriscience unveiled a new Enlist corn technology for above-ground pest control products during its Media Day July 14 at Pioneer headquarters.

Pioneer’s PowerCore Enlist corn is a complete feature package designed for all-season insect protection and weed control and will be introduced as an integrated refuge offering, PowerCore Enlist Refuge Advanced corn.

Additionally, when commercially available, the new PowerCore Ultra Enlist Maize is expected to provide an additional mode of action for geographic areas that need additional protection, and will also be available with an integrated refuge as PowerCore Ultra Enlist Refuge Advanced Maize .

Adam Theis, Pioneer’s corn marketing manager, said the PowerCore package will be a transition from AcreMax to PowerCore.

PowerCore Enlist Refuge Advanced hybrids will be released this fall, followed by expanded access for the 2023 planting season.

“We will rapidly expand relative maturity offerings, hybrid offerings and then geographic offerings in 2024, 2025 and 2026,” Theis said.

PowerCore Ultra Enlist will be available for expanded acres in 2024.

“PowerCore Enlist is an advanced combination of elite genetics, diverse genetics and exclusive Pioneer genetics combined with above ground pest control and tolerance to four modes of herbicide action,” noted Theis.

“When you put that together, it gives farmers a chance to have high yield potential, sound agronomy, clean fields, and because of that herbicide tolerance, happier neighbors with the herbicide plan.”

PowerCore Enlist corn, both as a structured refuge and as an integrated Refuge Advanced option, is stacked with three modes of action for improved control of the toughest aerial pests, including susceptible European corn borer, fall armyworm, southwestern corn borer and corn earworm a worm.

When commercially available, the new PowerCore Ultra Enlist corn will bring an additional mode of action to acres in geographies that need additional protection from higher aboveground pest pressures such as fall armyworm and western bean bollworm.

“It really is a comprehensive approach to insect protection with PowerCore Enlist. It is effective on many of the primary and secondary target insects in the US Corn Belt,” Theiss added.

Herbicide options

The Enlist corn trait allows flexibility in managing weeds with tolerance to 2,4-D choline, glyphosate, glufosinate and “fop” — the aryloxyphenoxy-propionate chemical family — herbicides.

“Another big benefit of PowerCore Enlist that Pioneer customers will experience is herbicide flexibility that they don’t have today. Glyphosate and glufosinate are known and established herbicide tolerances in corn today. We will introduce Enlist corn for tolerability in the Pioneer brand,” Theis said.

Enlist herbicides feature near-zero volatility and reduced potential for physical drift when applied according to label instructions, with no calendar cut-off dates or time-of-day restrictions.

In addition, a wide application window — up to 30-inch corn or 48-inch corn if applied with drip nozzles — allows Enlist herbicides to be used for late-season broadleaf weed control, according to Theis.

PowerCore Enlist corn will be available in a diverse range of genetics with high yield potential at a wide range of maturities in both integrated refuge — Refuge Advanced — and structured refuge options.

By mid-to-late 2020, PowerCore Enlist Refuge Advanced corn and PowerCore Ultra Enlist Refuge Advanced corn will become Corteva’s leading offerings for aboveground pest acres.

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