Adjuvants: Activating Yields

With so many different products beyond glyphosate being introduced to the tank mix, compatibility agents are expected to continue their upward growth in sales over the next few years, according to adjuvant experts.
With so many different products beyond glyphosate being introduced to the tank mix, compatibility agents are expected to continue their upward growth in sales over the next few years, according to adjuvant experts.

With specialty herbicide formulations and seed itself costing more and more with each passing season — and late season sprays becoming more common with the increase in weed resistance — ensuring efficient application is key to maximizing profit potential.

“Quite truthfully, with todays’ resistant weeds can you really afford to bring a cheap adjuvant technology to the fight,” asks Jim Reiss, vice president of ag chemistries, Precision Laboratories. “I just don’t think so. With every weed it’s critical that we get high levels of performance — and for that you need premium adjuvants.”

Reiss sees adjuvant use trending in much the same direction as other inputs as growers become more willing to invest in maximizing net profit per acre.

“We’re seeing a significant increase in the number of acres that have combinations of two or three adjuvants in a single application,” says Reiss. “For example, in the past a lot of glyphosate acres received some type of water conditioning agent and drift control adjuvant premix. As more and more glyphosate acres include a companion herbicide or fungicide, that addition of a second crop protection product often drives the need for more adjuvancy to maximize performance and return on investment in the additional tank mix partner.”

A Tank Mix Market

“The whole point of adjuvants is to further enhance or protect performance characteristics that can’t be built into the crop protection product formulation,” he continues. “Right now the quest for better resistant weed management and plant health are driving the conversion to more tank mixing and a greater need for adjuvants.”

Wilbur-Ellis Co., one of the many manufacturers of adjuvant technologies on the market today, is also advocating a tank mix-centric approach.

“The increased use of various tank mixes to mitigate glyphosate resistance has added another level of complexity in understanding drift control,” says Rusty Harder, adjuvants product manager. “One area Wilbur-Ellis continues to see industry-leading performance is in our Drift Reduction Technology (DRT) products. In particular, our leading DRT product based on invert emulsion technology, In-Place, has gained even more acceptance.”

For 2013, the San Francisco, CA-based CropLife 100 retailer has big plans, according to Harder.

“Wilbur-Ellis plans to release our newest invert emulsion DRT in 2013,” he advises. “Final testing at the University of Nebraska wind tunnel confirms this product will have great drift control for ground and aerial application, including phenoxies.”

Additionally, releasing Nonylphenol Ethoxylates (NPE) free formulations is a top priority going forward. “Many countries have banned or are in the process of reviewing the use of NPE’s. Wilbur-Ellis has invested significant research dollars to provide NPE-free adjuvants as a part of its portfolio. Look for the launch of a new NPE-free non-ionic surfactant that will be a game changer for our customers.”

Helena Chemical Co. is also seeing increased interest in minimizing off-target movement, says Terry Nash, adjuvants brand manager.

“There is a greater awareness of the value of adjuvants among growers, dealers and manufacturers who want to make sure their products are being used correctly,” he says. “We are seeing more adjuvant recommendations and requirements being added to product labels. Also, there is more use of drift reduction adjuvants because growers want to minimize the risks associated with off-target movement.”

Two Helena adjuvant products made market waves in 2012: Hel-Fire (herbicide activator) and Fire-Zone (Methylated Seed Oil [MSO]). “Hel-Fire has shown very good results when in burn-down and over-the-top applications,” says Nash. “Fire-Zone, which was introduced last year, really took off after growers found they got faster, more effective results in burn-down applications. With Fire-Zone, we restrict usage to burn-down only.”

Duce, a new “high surfactant, methylated vegetable oil concentrate”, is anticipating registration for the 2013 growing season.

“Duce is a new product that was requested by our field reps and we will be looking at it in certain markets,” says Nash. “It’s a good fit for our overall adjuvant line and it should find its own niche in the market.”

Growing Market

Meanwhile, in 2012 Precision Laboratories saw, among other things, the market share growth of its premium performing methylated seed oil (canola-based) in Persist Ultra. “Sales of Persist Ultra have grown amazingly in the past few years as customers squeeze every ounce of performance from the burn down tank mixes.”

Border Xtra 8L, a patented, liquid activator that the company claims enhances drift control and maximizes adhesion of spray solution to the leaf surface, is reportedly enjoying increased adoption  as the “corner-post’ adjuvant in glyphosate tank mix programs.

“Increased use of fungicides at both V5 and VT in corn production have really helped our sales of Protyx and Protyx Aerial  this past year. Protyx is a fungicide and insecticide activator,” explained Reiss. “Once the grower decides to go over that acre one more time to really maximize his yield potential, it’s often times fungicide plus insecticide, and their ultimate performance can be significantly influenced by the right adjuvant,” he says.

Topics:

Leave a Reply

Adjuvants Stories

AdjuvantsPrecision Laboratories Partners with Monsanto to Offer Intact Drift Reduction Agent
May 2, 2017
Precision Laboratories announces a partnership with Monsanto to include an adjuvant in Roundup Ready PLUS Crop Management Solutions. Intact drift Read More
AdjuvantsA New Weed-Control Era Begins: But First, One Last Obstacle
March 4, 2017
There is trepidation, there is reluctance, and there is excitement. Ag retailers feel it all about the new dicamba and Read More
Regulator 3.0 Concentrate
AdjuvantsNew Max Systems Product Aids Irrigation
August 11, 2016
A gentle rainfall is nearly always welcomed by crop producers, including those who rely on irrigation to produce a profitable Read More
Nozzle spray close-up
AdjuvantsWest Central Distribution Introduces New Elite Family Of Adjuvants
July 14, 2016
West Central Distribution recently released a new line of Elite adjuvants to work alongside the new herbicide technologies that combat Read More
Trending Articles
PrecisionAg Vision Conference
Precision AgPrecisionAg® Vision Conference: Focused on the Future
June 13, 2017
PrecisionAg® is pleased to announce the return of its PrecisionAg Vision Conference, October 10-12, 2017. Based on overwhelmingly positive response Read More
Redbanded-stinkbug-on-soybean-Photo-credit-Thomas-County-Ag
Crop InputsExperts: Mild Winter, Early Planting Will Increase Soybean Insect Threat
June 12, 2017
Higher than average temperatures this past winter affected much of the nation, especially the South and Midwest. The National Centers Read More
Eric SfiligojMonsanto ‘Picks Its Battles’ by Nixing Deere Deal
May 23, 2017
Having been in the trade journalism game since the mid-1980s, I remember several watershed moments during my career. One of Read More
Migrant farm workers
LegislationTrump: Immigration Crackdown Won’t Impact U.S. Agriculture
May 16, 2017
President Donald Trump said he would seek to keep his tough immigration enforcement policies from harming the U.S. farm industry Read More
AGCO Ratliff featured
Eric SfiligojRemembering Robert Ratliff
May 15, 2017
With all the fast-paced happenings in agriculture this spring, with multiple mergers in the works and planting season in full Read More
Case sprayer nozzle closeup
EquipmentSpray Application: A Nozzle Renaissance
May 2, 2017
If you had asked four-decade ag veteran Mark Bartel, President of Wilger Inc., just a few years ago what lay Read More
Latest News
ManagementDow Field Day and More Cooperative Consolidation
June 28, 2017
CropLife Editor discusses his recent attendance at the Dow AgroSciences Field Day in Indiana and shares news on another pair Read More
Young Corn Plants
Eric SfiligojLaunching New Seed Traits: Wait on China . . . Or Else!
June 26, 2017
In life, no one likes the waiting game. In agriculture, however, playing the waiting game is very important – especially Read More
Monsanto sign
Crop InputsMonsanto Speaks on Dicamba Issues in Arkansas
June 26, 2017
Monsanto’s Chief Technology Officer, Robb Fraley, issued the following statement following the Arkansas State Plant Board’s proposal to ban dicamba, Read More
Corn Field
Seed/BiotechCorn Insect Bt Technologies Offer Cost-effective, Proac…
June 26, 2017
When farm economics are challenging, farmers look for ways to bolster profit margins, including reducing input costs. Some may think Read More
Crop InputsArkansas Plant Board Votes to Ban Dicamba — Now W…
June 23, 2017
The Arkansas State Plant Board has voted to pass a proposed emergency rule to ban the use of in-crop dicamba, Read More
Engenia soybeans
Crop InputsBASF: ‘Closely Monitoring’ Dicamba Situatio…
June 22, 2017
BASF, whose Engenia herbicide is the target of more than 200 drift complaints in Arkansas, emailed the following statement to Read More
ManagementConsolidation Update
June 22, 2017
Editors Paul Schrimpf and Eric Sfiligoj discuss progress on manufacturer consolidation, and another big move for Midwest cooperative Central Valley Read More
Palmer pigweed seedhead in cotton
Crop InputsThreat of Dicamba Ban Looms in Arkansas
June 22, 2017
The Arkansas State Plant Board has rejected a proposed ban on the use of dicamba herbicide, but a procedural error Read More
Potash Agrium
Crop InputsAgrium-PotashCorp to become Nutrien upon Merger Complet…
June 21, 2017
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. and Agrium Inc. have announced today that once the anticipated merger transaction closes, the new Read More
Crop InputsMidwestern BioAg Hosts TerraNu Fertilizer Plant Opening…
June 20, 2017
Last Friday, Midwestern BioAg was joined by over 80 local farmers, media and staff to celebrate the grand opening of Read More
Soybean Field
Industry NewsAligned Ag Distributors Names New President
June 19, 2017
Aligned Ag Distributors LLC announced this morning the appointment of Mary Tolke to the position of President/CEO, effective July 1. Read More
ManagementPlotting Corn, AGCO/Asmark’s Applicator Training Center…
June 15, 2017
Editors Paul Schrimpf and Eric Sfiligoj talk about their recent visits to Columbus, OH, and Bloomington, IL, along with an Read More
Seed/BiotechDow AgroSciences Announces Launch of Enlist Corn for 20…
June 14, 2017
Enlist corn will be commercially available in the U.S. for the 2018 growing season. Dow AgroSciences announced the launch today Read More
ASMARK AGCO Applicator Training Center
EmployeesAsmark, AGCO Open Training Center for Beginning Applica…
June 13, 2017
AGCO Corp. and the Asmark Institute have opened a new Applicator Training Center, created in a collaboration between the two Read More
Power to Do More Contest Winners
HerbicidesDow AgroSciences Announces Three Winners in Power to Do…
June 13, 2017
Thousands of votes have been cast and three farmers have been awarded the power to do more with a $10,000 Read More
Frogeye leaf spot
FungicidesStrobilurin-resistant Frogeye Leaf Spot Threat Looms wi…
June 13, 2017
Heavy spring rainfall throughout the South and Midwest delayed planting and created the perfect environment for diseases like frogeye leaf Read More
PrecisionAg Vision Conference
Precision AgPrecisionAg® Vision Conference: Focused on the Future
June 13, 2017
PrecisionAg® is pleased to announce the return of its PrecisionAg Vision Conference, October 10-12, 2017. Based on overwhelmingly positive response Read More
CHS St. Paul, MN fertilizer terminal
LegislationICGA Praises President Trump’s Remarks on Waterwa…
June 12, 2017
Illinois Corn Growers Association President Justin Durdan, a farmer from Utica, issued the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s comments Read More