There's a new active ingredient coming to town for season 2010 and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has signed off on the label. However, while farmers will see the product name - Kixor - in a lot of places in the end they'll be buying the technology under different names.
Kixor will power four new products in the BASF line for 2010, each taking on a specific crop segment for the company. In a press statement about the registration, Nevin McDougall, group vice president at BASF North America Crop Protection, notes: "BASF has remained steadfast in our commitment to bringing new solutions to growers to help them manage their fiels and realize a higher return on the acre. The result is a breakthrough herbicide technology that gives growers a powerful tool in the fight against glyphosate resistance."
The herbicide, when used as labeled, will stop glyphosate resistant forms of several broadleaf weeds that worry farmers today. And it offers residual control too.
The four products to be powered by Kixor include the following:
Sharpen herbicide - this is a burndown herbicide that includes Kixor alone and can be used in a wide range of crops including cereals, corn, cotton, fallow, grain sorghum, pulses, soybeans and in sunflower as a harvest aid. Applied preplant and preemergence, the product provides burndown control of a wide range of weeds and has shown to control weeds faster than 2,4-D and glyphosate.
OpTill herbicide - is a premix of Kixor with imazethapyr (the active ingredient in Pursuit herbicide) and offers fast burndown plus residual weed control in soybeans, chickpeas and peas when applied preplant through preemergence.
Integrity herbicide - this premix of Kixor with dimethenamid-p (the active ingredient in Outlook herbicide) creates broad-spectrum weed control in corn. It has fewer use restrictions than atrazine and works with a low use rate.
Treevix herbicide - Designed for postemergence applications in non-bearing tree crops - citrus fruit, pome fruit and nut trees - the herbicide provides complete burndown of broadleaf weeds. It also acts as a complement to glyphosate.
Dan Westberg, technical market manager, BASF, notes that Kixor gives growers the combination of rapid burndown along with residual control. And he adds: "As glyphosate-resistant weeds continue to appear in fields across the nation, BASF is proud to be a leader in provding cutting-edge chemistries...to meet the growing demand for food, biofuels and clothing in this booming population."
You can learn more about the family of products powered by Kixor by visiting kixorherbicide.com