BASF Herbicide Technology OK’d

BASF has received EPA registration of a new active ingredient, Kixor herbicide, for use on a wide range of crops and effective on more than 70 broadleaf weeds , including those that have become more tolerant of glyphosate, such as common lambsquarters, marestail, Russian thistle, waterhemp, common ragweed and giant ragweed. Four herbicide formulations, powered by Kixor technology — Sharpen, OpTill, Integrity, and Treevix – will be available this fall.

Kixor’s unique chemistry is specifically designed to solve growers’ toughest broadleaf weed control challenges across a wide range of crops. It inhibits a key step in chlorophyll biosynthesis, called protoporphyrinogen IX oxidase (PPO), resulting in fast, effective control of broadleaf weeds.

Kixor is the only herbicide technology in the pyrimidinedione class of chemistry that will be available in the North American market. Kixor has shown in approximately 1,700 field trials to deliver superior burndown and soil residual activity during 10 years of research and development.

Sharpen herbicide tackles tough broadleaf weeds in a number of crops, including corn, soybeans, cotton, cereals, fallow, grain sorghum, pulses, and sunflower (desiccation). Field and row crop research has shown that Sharpen provides excellent burndown control when applied preplant and preemergence. Sharpen can also be used for sunflower desiccation or fallow and postharvest treatments.

In field trials, Sharpen controlled weeds three to five times faster than 2,4-D or glyphosate. Sharpen also offers preplant interval flexibility, which provides growers with fast, flexible burndown of broadleaf weeds across a wide range of crops, saving growers time and providing them with added confidence that broadleaf weeds are controlled.

OpTill herbicide is a combination of Kixor herbicide plus imazethapyr. This product offers fast, complete burndown plus residual weed control in soybeans, chickpeas, and peas when applied preplant through preemergence. OpTill controlled weeds three to five times faster than 2,4-D or glyphosate in field trials. It also offers preplant interval flexibility. OpTill combines fast burndown and residual weed control to allow better timing for in-crop glyphosate applications, so growers save time and money.

Integrity herbicide is Kixor herbicide plus dimethenamid-p, which together create a broad-spectrum herbicide for weed control in corn. Integrity offers growers the power and complete control they need on a broad spectrum of grass and broadleaf weeds. It has fewer use restrictions than atrazine, provides ease of handling with its low use rate, and offers burndown and residual control, all in one product. Integrity provides complete freedom for growers — taking care of the yield-robbing broadleaf weeds and grass with one efficient product.

Treevix herbicide will be used in bearing and nonbearing tree crops.

BASF will produce Kixor exclusively at its Hannibal, MO, plant for worldwide distribution. Growers can place preorders for the 2010 growing season with retailers beginning in the fourth quarter of this year. Kixor herbicide received regulatory approval in Nicaragua, Argentina, and Chile earlier this year, with approval expected in Canada and Australia in the near future.

Visit www.kixorherbicide.com for more information on Kixor.

(Source: BASF)

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