Crop Protection Innovation

We have a diverse portfolio of insecticide, herbicide, fungicide and fumigant technologies for customers around the globe. Our innovation process begins and ends with farmers and ranchers – understanding their needs today and anticipating their needs tomorrow so we that we can provide the right technology at the right time.

Our research encompasses chemical solutions that help with:

  • Crops – controlling weeds, insects and diseases in the field
  • Vegetation – keeping forestry areas, utility rights-of-way, railroads and roadways free of weeds and brush
  • Range and pasture – helping ranchers and livestock producers control weeds and brush
  • Turf and ornamental – allowing golf courses, lawns, landscapes, greenhouses and nurseries to thrive
  • Urban pests – controlling the insects that cause structural damage to homes, commercial buildings and historical structures around the world

We have a long history of crop protection innovation that continues today with the advancement of one new molecule to pre-development every year. Here are some of our highlights from more than a century in the crop protection business:

Dow AgroSciences introduced its plans to launch an innovative new fungicide to control key diseases in cereal crops. Inatreq™ (pronounced “INNA-trek”) active, a product derived from naturally occurring material with outstanding performance. Dow AgroSciences is seeking to widely register Inatreq for use in all major cereal fungicide countries, plus pursue registrations in other countries as other uses are identified.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its decision deregulating Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist™ cotton trait in the United States. Enlist cotton, one component of the innovative Enlist Weed Control System, provides tolerance to Enlist Duo™ herbicide — a proprietary blend of new 2,4-D choline and glyphosate -- as well as full tolerance to glufosinate.

Dow AgroSciences received the first registration for Arylex™ active in Europe, in Denmark.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its decision deregulating Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist™ corn and soybean traits in the United States, concluding one of the most thorough reviews of a biotech trait in history. In addition, Enlist Duo™ with 2,4D choline received regulatory approvals. Together they are part of the Enlist™ Weed Control System that combines innovative traits, herbicides and stewardship to deliver control for tough-to-control and resistant weeds.

Dow AgroSciences receives the first global registrations for Arylex™ active, in Canada and China. This innovative, low-use rate herbicide, which represents a novel area of chemistry, provides a solution for managing hard-to-control broadleaf weeds with utility in multiple crops.

Transform® and Closer® insecticides with Isoclast® active launch. They will provide an excellent combination of speed and residual efficacy on sap-feeding insects on many fruits and vegetables.

PowerFlex® herbicide (pyroxsulam) for wheat launches, which represents a breakthrough area of herbicide chemistry due to its greatly improved grass weed activity along with a strong broadleaf spectrum.

Radiant® and Delegate® insecticides (spinetoram) for broad-spectrum insect control on fruits and vegetables launch. Spinetoram is a semi-synthetic version of spinosad.

Herculex® RW and Herculex® Xtra launch, providing powerful below-ground in-plant insect protection against western, northern and Mexican corn rootworm larvae.

Tracer® insecticide (spinosad) launches and achieves high customer acceptance due to its new mode of action against a broad spectrum of chewing insects. Spinosad products set new standards for low impact on non-target organisms. Produced by natural fermentation processes, some of these products receive approvals for use in USDA-certified organic crops.

DowElanco obtains U.S. registration approval for hexaflumuron termite bait as the first EPA-approved “reduced risk” pesticide. Subsequent launch of the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System revolutionizes the termite control industry by providing an integrated pest management-based alternative to soil drench barrier termiticides.

Starane® herbicide (fluroxypyr) for small grains successfully launches in the United Kingdom and France. Starane® is the first highly effective herbicide for controlling cleavers (the most damaging broadleaf weed) in European cereals.

Beam™ fungicide (tricyclazole) is launched, setting new standards for rice blast control, the most destructive disease in rice.

Dow introduces Lorsban® insecticide (chlorpyrifos), which ultimately receive widespread agricultural adoption due to its broad-spectrum control of major crop pests.

Dow also introduces N-Serve® nitrogen stabilizer (nitrapyrin), a visionary reducing nitrogen loss from farm fertilizers. Today, N-Serve® is recognized for reducing both greenhouse gas production and fertilizer-related groundwater contamination.

Dow Crabgrass Killer is introduced and is an immediate success. By 1962 it is the leading product in its field.

Telone® (1,3-dichloropropene), a new soil fumigant, is among Dow's promising new products.

Dow receives registration for the herbicide 2,4-D, enabling effective broadleaf weed control and replacing hand weeding and tillage.

Dow introduces chloropicrin as a soil fumigant.

Dow introduces its first successful agricultural chemical, liquid lime sulfur, for the control of orchard pests, following 10 years of experiments by founder Herbert H. Dow.

Herbert H. Dow establishes The Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan, and begins to study the effect of the chemical products he makes on insects and fungi in the orchard and garden behind his house. 


Dow AgroSciences has the largest natural product research program in the industry. These products are materials isolated from the broths or mixtures created from fermentation of specific organisms, such as plant and marine extracts and microbials.