New high strength granule glufosinate herbicide released
Editorial written by UPL Australia for the Spring 2020 Seasons Magazine.
A new high strength glufosinate herbicide with unique surfactant technology is now available from UPL, a global leader in glufosinate production.
FascinateTM DRY Herbicide (500 g/kg glufosinate ammonium), a high-load, non-selective post-emergent herbicide providing broad spectrum weed control of grasses, broadleaf weeds and vines, will be available from rural resellers in September.
Ian Cass, UPL Australia marketing manager, said that the latest high strength version of Fascinate is a soluble granule with superior surfactant technology.
“We’ve developed a granular formulation with excellent solubility and efficacy that we believe is second to none,” he said. “Our new formulation is the highest strength glufosinate in the market, at nearly twice the strength of Fascinate 280.”
Australian trial results show new Fascinate DRY Herbicide to be equivalent to BastaÒ herbicide in controlling grass and broadleaf weeds in orchard environments and for fallow weed control in cropping systems.
Mr Cass said that as well as providing comparable efficacy in local trials, the new formulation offers superior quality and usability.
“Fascinate DRY Herbicide offers growers a number of benefits compared to standard glufosinate formulations,” he said. “It has a built in surfactant and is low foaming, making it easy to use and handle.”
The new herbicide is conveniently packaged in five kilogram resealable packs, with two packs per ten kilogram box, and a handy cardboard pourer included for measuring.
“Not only have we reduced the bulk of product to handle, but we’ve removed the hassle of needing to store and recycle chemical drums,” Mr Cass said.
He added that the granules also mixed easily in water.
“Dilution stability tests show that even in hard water, Fascinate DRY Herbicide demonstrates good solubility without separating or depositing sediment, making it easy to use in the paddock.”
Dilution stability tests using hard water 20 ppm and 500 ppm with Fascinate DRY Herbicide resulted in 0.0 % separation and 0.0% sedimentation after 24 hours.
As well as mixing readily in water, it is also an excellent tank mix partner to widen weed control, and has good compatibility with other herbicides.
The high strength formulation means there is less product to transport, handle and store.
UPL is a leading global supplier of glufosinate, producing glufosinate technical from the start to the final formulated and packaged product.
UPL has developed a new patented synthesis pathway for producing a pure active isomer glufosinate technical. The result is a high-load product with equivalent efficacy, positioning them in a low cost leadership position globally.
“As a global leader in glufosinate technology UPL have invested heavily in modern manufacturing facilities in the USA and India,” said Mr Cass, “and are poised to increase glufosinate capacity.”
“Having ownership from the very start allows us to provide a quality product with a reliable and consistent supply to the Australian market.”
Getting the most out of Fascinate DRY Herbicide:
Fascinate DRY Herbicide is highly suitable for use in plantations and vineyards because of its eco-safety and tree safety characteristics, with very limited translocation in plants and minimal uptake through the lignified parts of woody plants. When used appropriately, it controls even the toughest C4 grasses.
It is important to consider the weed species, weed stage of growth, weed density and climatic conditions when using Fascinate DRY Herbicide.
“The same rules of thumb apply to using Fascinate DRY Herbicide as they do for using and getting the most out of Fascinate 280,” said Mr Cass. “You should always read the label before use, but some general tips to get the best out of glufosinate include selecting the right rate for the weeds you need to control, spraying when it’s warm and humid, maximising the spray drying time, and ensuring thorough coverage of weeds.”
Glufosinate herbicides penetrate into leaves only while the spray deposit remains moist. Therefore it is especially important that spray coverage, droplet size and climatic conditions allow for maximum spray penetration and uptake to achieve optimal effect.
The best results are therefore achieved when Fascinate DRY Herbicide is applied in good growing conditions and by maximising spray drying time.
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