Dow AgroSciences has struck a deal with Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) to make Dow’s Enlist E3 soyabeans available to North American farmers for 2018 planting.

By establishing a comprehensive closed-loop system, the companies intended to provide farmers access to the E3 beans and deliver the resulting products to customers within North America, they said in a joint statement on 11 October.

“US farmers need access to the newest technologies to boost productivity. When advanced solutions are available and fully approved in the USA, they should reach farmers as quickly as possible,” said Dow AgroSciences Enlist global leader Joe Vertin.

The Enlist E3 beans could tolerate 2,4-D choline, glyphosate and glufosinate, which Dow said allowed farmers to use multiple herbicide modes of action to control both tough and economically damaging weeds while avoiding the development of herbicide resistance.

“This weed control technology is greatly needed in our area. We need effective options to control weeds that are threatening to cut yield and profit potential in our fields,” said Minnesotan soya farmer Pat Duncanson.

Dow’s Enlist programme required participating farmers to comply with an extensive set of protocols that were designed to ensure the soyabeans would reach one of four specific ADM facilities that would process them to be used only in the North American markets.

The four participating ADM plants were located in Mankato, Minnesota; Frankfort, Indiana; and Mexico and Deerfield, Missouri.

“We’ve put a lot of thought into the best way to manage the process. We’re confident in the collaboration with ADM and in providing farmers access to the Enlist system to control their toughest weeds,” added Vertin.