WILMINGTON, DELEWARE, US — Corteva, Inc. on Aug. 24 announced the launch of its genetically modified Conkesta E3 soybean seed to the Brazilian market. The soybeans recently received authorization by the European Union Commission, which enables grain produced from Conkesta E3 soybean seeds grown in Brazil to be exported to the European market for food and feed use.
“This milestone is yet another clear example of the execution on Corteva’s strategy, and points to the value our balanced and geographically diverse product pipeline continues to deliver for our customers,” said Jim Collins, chief executive officer of Corteva Agriscience. “We continue to see solid demand for our Enlist technology in North America, and we are pleased to bring this crucial, proprietary solution to Brazilian growers — an action that further strengthens our offering in Latin America.”
The technology has been previously authorized in several other export markets, including China. The company remains on track for a future launch in Argentina and Uruguay, pending applicable regulatory reviews and market readiness in line with Corteva's product launch policy and Excellence Through Stewardship product launch guidance, among other factors.
Conkesta E3 soybeans incorporate broad lepidopteran insect protection in strong genetics as part of the Enlist weed control system, which the company said offers maximum flexibility and superior control of broadleaf weeds and grasses.
“We are very pleased to announce the launch of Conkesta E3 soybeans in Brazil,” said Alejandro Muñoz, President of Corteva Agriscience for Latin America. “It combines high-performance genetics with efficient management of weeds and caterpillars, expanding Brazilian growers' productivity potential.”
Conkesta E3 soybeans will be available for the remaining 2021-22 season through two of Corteva’s global brands: Brevant seeds, which provides premium seed to retail customers, and the regional genetic licensing business brand in Brazil, Cordius, Licensing Division of Corteva Agriscience. In the 2022-23 season, the trait also will be available through the Pioneer brand, Corteva’s global flagship seed brand.