Adjuvants: Activating Yields

Controlling Drift

Winfield Solutions is yet another adjuvant manufacturer ramping up production in response to demand. “Historically speaking, the benefits of oils and surfactants and water conditioners have been pretty well documented,” says Dr. Eric Spandl, marketing specialist. “Drift control and deposition are two areas that are really growing within the market.”

According to Dr. Spandl, finding middle ground between controlling drift while maintaining product efficiency is critical. “For example, with systematic herbicides larger droplets are ideal for coverage, but then you sacrifice control. It’s all about finding that happy medium between the two.”

In 2012, several products fared well in the market, beginning with InterLock, Winfield’s next generation non-polymer drift and deposition agent.

“InterLock features low use rates and compatibility with all kinds of spray tips,” says Spandl. “And if you’re putting out 10 gal. of product per acre, you want all of that product to hit the target and stick to the leaves, and Interlock helps you do just that.”

Non-ionic surfactant Preference, which can be combined with InterLock (PowerLock) and used with herbicides, fungicides and insecticides, reduces surface tension and provides enhanced coverage and had a fine 2012, while Class Act NG (AMS water conditioner) and Class Act Flex (AMS + surfactant) both reportedly became large players in the water conditioner market. “With fungicides especially, you really want to paint that leaf and get really good coverage. By reducing the surface tension, you allow those molecules to spread out.”

For ’13, the St. Paul, MN-based manufacturer is releasing MasterLock, a premix featuring InterLock as well as new DropTight technologies, focusing on fungicide and insecticide applications.

“There’s a tendency with growers to try and go as low as possible on the adjuvant use rates,” advises Spandl. “This puts you into a compromise between cost and efficacy. With the minimum rate, you do get less pumping and less handling issues, but then you sacrifice performance. For the best adjuvant performance, it’s always best to use the high rate.”

For its part, GROWMARK Inc. is also seeing an increased interest in non-traditional adjuvants, according to Jeff Bunting, crop protection marketing manager.

“In the past ammonium sulfate was all that growers needed in the tank with glyphosate, but as the acres of glyphosate resistant weeds increase, adding another mode of action has increased the use of activator adjuvants to optimize the tank mixture,” he says. “This will continue to increase as we get ready to introduce new technologies in the next couple of years that incorporate another mode of action (growth regulators) into weed management systems.”

Drought conditions throughout the growing season made 2012 a solid year for adjuvant sales, and several of GROWMARK’s products saw increased use.

“With the drought of 2012, products that contained a true ammonium sulfate helped control weeds that were affected by the tough growing season. As weeds adapted to the drier conditions, the leaf cuticle thickens which also increases the presence of cations in the leaf tissue,” says Bunting. “Products such as FS MaxSupreme, FS Maxtra, FS AMS Max, and FS AMS Max DR provided exceptional control in a year that saw plenty of abiotic stress.”

As for 2013, GROWMARK continues to monitor new herbicide technologies in order to ensure its product line remains relevant in the market.

“GROWMARK Crop Protection will continue to evaluate new products in 2013 in anticipation of the new launch of crop protection products being developed by Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences and BASF,” says Bunting. “We continue to evaluate new and innovative products that keep the pesticide on target and reduce risk from drift.”

Although no current plans are in place for a product release in ’13, GROWMARK has launched a new mobile app that helps growers determine product compatibility.

“The use of compatibility agents increased over the years, and to help with the mixing process GROWMARK Crop Protection launched a mobile app to help identify the proper mixing order,” says Bunting. “As we get ready to embrace new technologies in the next couple of years, this will be even more important to mitigate the movement of the droplet and to keep it on the target. FS Adjuvants will continue to identify the best adjuvant that reduces risk of off target movement and make sure that the pesticide gets into the plant.”

New Formulations

Private label supplier Exacto Inc., is also working on new product formulations for the coming dicamba and 2,4-D weed control systems soon to hit market.

“We are working to create the next generation of adjuvants that will work effectively with the new traits and supporting chemistry coming out from Dow AgroSciences, BASF, Bayer and Monsanto, among others,” says Keith Fyhr, marketing manager. “We are focused on evaluating these technologies to ensure the benefits of adjuvants are available to further enhance the performance of these new product lines as they are released, and we have several of our formulations being tested at the basic manufacturers themselves by way of our distribution partnerships.”

Although he can’t get specific, two additional areas that Exacto is exploring are new or reformulated adjuvants for soil amendment and drift control, according to Fyhr. “One patent pending soil amendment product I am particularly excited about performed well in field tests in Nebraska in 2012,” he says. “Initial results have shown that a field under pivot can either enjoy increases in yield under normal irrigation levels, or maintain expected yield levels with irrigation that has been cut by 30%. Water conservation where it’s needed and increased yields everywhere else – what a technology!”

“We are also focused on continuing our tradition of drift control innovations as the EPA draws closer to implementing new guidelines with buffer zone implications. Our latest deposition technology performs very well in university testing and will provide applicators with an important option in their drift compliance toolbox. The challenge is to make medium to course droplets that are large enough to avoid drifting off target, but not so large they bounce off the target pest and become less effective,” he adds.

As for this past year, Exacto saw some exceptional growth within its current product lines. “Use of our water conditioners and AMS replacements have been on the rise as producers working with less than ideal sources realize their water makes up about 95% of most tank mixes and hard/sodic water can have a significant impact on pesticide efficacy,” says Fyhr.

“Compatibility agents are also increasing in popularity as resistance requires more and more creative tank mix combinations.”

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
Iowa waterways
Stewardship2,600 Iowa Farmers Commit $8.7 Million to Water Quality Practices
August 9, 2017
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced Tuesday that a record number of Iowa farmers signed up to install nutrient Read More
Greg Musson, Gar Tootelian
CropLife 100Cause of Gar Tootelian Fire Under Investigation
August 7, 2017
Over one hundred firefighters and equipment responded to a four-alarm shop fire at the Gar Tootelian, Inc. (GAR) facility in Read More
Rob Versprille
ManagementCeres Solutions, North Central Co-op Merger to Bring New Opportunities for Indiana, Michigan Farmers
August 1, 2017
More than 40,000 customers and almost 9,000 Indiana and Michigan farmers will begin doing business with the new Ceres Solutions Read More
CPS-Norwood-and-Dupont-reps
Eric SfiligojA Message to Ag Retailers: Do Tell Your Good Stories
July 26, 2017
As the daughter of a peanut farmer, Krysta Harden, Chief Sustainability Officer for DuPont Crop Protection, understands the importance ag Read More
Tim Hassinger Dow AgroSciences President and CEO
Crop InputsDow’s Tim Hassinger Named President, CEO of Lindsay Corp.
July 24, 2017
Lindsay Corp. has  announced the appointment of Timothy Hassinger as president and CEO and a member of its board of Read More
Stewardship‘Gonna Fly Now’ with Environmental Respect
July 20, 2017
One of the most memorable moments in movie history occurred in the Academy Award-winning 1976 film “Rocky.” Haven gotten his Read More
Latest News
Greg Musson, Gar Tootelian
CropLife 100Gar Tootelian Foundation Donates Half Million Dollars t…
August 16, 2017
Students at Immanuel Elementary are looking forward to the first day of school for two reasons this year. One, they Read More
Water Drainage
StewardshipNew System Could Remove Two Water Pollutants from Ag Fi…
August 14, 2017
Algae blooms in the Gulf of Mexico use up the majority of the oxygen in the water, leading to massive Read More
Eric SfiligojThe Top 10 Crop Protection Companies, Post-Mega Mergers
August 14, 2017
Everyone loves a good Top 10 list. In fact, some prominent celebrities such as David Letterman spent much of their Read More
ManagementThe DuPont-Granular Deal, Dicamba Update, and Upcoming …
August 11, 2017
Matthew Grassi joins Paul Schrimpf for the second week in a row to talk about DuPont’s acquisition of Granular, as Read More
Soybeans weeds
HerbicidesOngoing Evaluation Key to Controlling Weeds, Improving …
August 10, 2017
As the sun bears down on record U.S. soybean acres this August, farmers keep their eyes on their fields to Read More
Young Corn Plants
Seed/BiotechMycogen Seeds Offers Novel Product to Battle Pythium, O…
August 10, 2017
After a season plagued by seedling diseases caused by cool, wet soils at planting, farmers have a new option to Read More
Corn Field
FertilizerProtect Applied Manure Straight From the Manure Pit to …
August 10, 2017
Farmers who use liquid manure to fertilize corn crops can now mix Instinct nitrogen stabilizer in their pit for easy Read More
Iowa waterways
Stewardship2,600 Iowa Farmers Commit $8.7 Million to Water Quality…
August 9, 2017
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced Tuesday that a record number of Iowa farmers signed up to install nutrient Read More
Natives-First-Purple_Prairie_Clover
Seed/BiotechLa Crosse Seed Continues Focus on Soil and Water Conser…
August 9, 2017
La Crosse Seed is doing its part to lead communication to ag retailers across the country on the importance of Read More
HerbicidesAg Secretary Perdue Comments on Dicamba Issue
August 9, 2017
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue indicated to reporters this week that he would like to see the industry work out a Read More
Treated-Seed-in-planter
Seed/BiotechSeed Treatment Q&A: Insight from Iowa State’s…
August 8, 2017
Technology has changed drastically since the 1990s. Televisions are thinner, phones are smaller and tractors can steer themselves. Technology has Read More
soybeans
Seed/BiotechWhen and Why to Double Inoculate Your Soybeans
August 8, 2017
Double inoculation is the act of using a double application of a rhizobial inoculant. This quickly establishes high populations of Read More
Corn Field
Crop InputsMonsanto, Valent Expand Partnership in Roundup Ready PL…
August 7, 2017
Monsanto Co. and Valent U.S.A. LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd., have announced today expanded partnership in Read More
Greg Musson, Gar Tootelian
CropLife 100Cause of Gar Tootelian Fire Under Investigation
August 7, 2017
Over one hundred firefighters and equipment responded to a four-alarm shop fire at the Gar Tootelian, Inc. (GAR) facility in Read More
Soybean Field
Seed/BiotechSyngenta Licenses Enlist Events
August 7, 2017
Syngenta has entered into non-exclusive licensing agreements with Dow AgroSciences LLC and M.S. Technologies, L.L.C. for the Enlist E3 Event Read More
ManagementThe News From InfoAg, and Dicamba Woes Continue
August 3, 2017
CropLife Editors Paul Schrimpf and Matthew Grassi discuss trends and topics that emerged at last week’s InfoAg Conference in St. Read More
FrontEntrancetoIntivityCentet
EquipmentAGCO Intivity Center Marks Five-Year Anniversary
August 3, 2017
Intivity Center, the official visitor center for AGCO Corp. in North America, commemorates five years of operation this summer. Opened Read More
Crop InputsMonsanto’s Fraley Addresses Dicamba Situation in …
August 3, 2017
Monsanto Chief Technology Officer Robb Fraley — a man who has seemingly been at the center of Monsanto’s PR campaign Read More