BASF Submits Application for Registration of New Engenia™ HerbicideTue, 10 Apr 2012 11:38:36 CDT
Farmers are one step closer to an innovative solution that will help manage tough weeds, maintain advances in conservation tillage practices and enhance productivity. BASF Crop Protection announced the submission to regulatory agencies in the United States of the registration application for Engenia™ herbicide, a technologically advanced dicamba formulation.
Farmers will be able to use Engenia, in combination with other herbicides and agronomic practices in an effective weed control system enabled by dicamba-tolerant crops currently in development.
"Farmers fighting against herbicide resistance have an important new tool in Engenia which, field research shows, will offer excellent weed control and crop safety, as well as low-volatility characteristics for improved on-target application," said Paul Rea, Vice President, U.S. Crop Protection, BASF.
Engenia will deliver broad-spectrum burn down of more than 100 annual broadleaf weeds, including tough, glyphosate-resistant weeds like Palmer amaranth, water hemp, mares tail, velvet leaf, morning glory and giant ragweed. In fact, field research demonstrates that Engenia is more effective than 2,4-D on many problem weeds, such as velvet leaf, mares tail, giant ragweed and morning glory.
A registration decision by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for Engenia is anticipated in a parallel time frame with commercialization of a dicamba-tolerant soybean system.
Commercialization of the dicamba-tolerant system for soybeans is expected in the U.S. mid-decade, with cotton, corn and canola to follow.
"Farmers have only a few post-applied herbicide options in soybeans," Rea said. "Engenia offers an additional site of action for post-emergence control, and can also be used pre-emergence in dicamba-tolerant soybeans, giving farmers maximum application flexibility to target key weeds."
As the industry's leading dicamba innovator, BASF utilized its technical expertise to develop Engenia, which offers improvements in performance and physical characteristics of dicamba that further minimize potential volatility. As with any post-emergence herbicide, proper application techniques are critical for managing spray drift and maximizing on-target performance.
BASF is committed to herbicide best practices for sustainable use of its products, including stewardship programs that encourage proper application and integrated weed resistance management practices. BASF will provide ongoing education to support these best practices and on-target application, including the On Target Application Academy, which provides information to growers who self-apply herbicides to help them get the most out of every application.
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