Wheat Growers Have new Weed Control Tool

BASF gets clearance for use of Zidua on spring and winter wheat. Key weed to target is Italian ryegrass.

Published on: Jan 28, 2014

Wheat growers are facing their own unique challenges, including Italian ryegrass, annual bluegrass and canarygrass. BASF announced this week that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has registered Zidua herbicide for use on spring and winter wheat. In addition to those key grasses, the herbicide suppresses many broadleaf and grasses in wheat including brome species, wild oat, foxtail species, kochia, pigweed, chickweed, henbit and wild mustard.

Zidua herbicide was previously registered only for use in corn and soybeans. Zidua herbicide uses a unique class of chemistry - pyroxasulfone - and it demonstrates effective control against resistant weed species including Italian ryegrass. In a press statement, Greg Armel, technical market manager, BASF, comments: "Wheat growers now have access to a new residual tool for long-lasting weed control with Zidua herbicide. The pyroxasulfone in Zidua herbicide helps control Italian ryegrass weed populations including those populations resistant to ALS-inhibitor and ACCase herbicides."

CLEANER FIELDS: Zidua herbicide tackles resistant weeds to help boost wheat yields.
CLEANER FIELDS: Zidua herbicide tackles resistant weeds to help boost wheat yields.

The herbicide is an inhibitor of very long-chain fatty acids, which controls susceptible germinating seedlings as they emerge from the soil. It is recommended for use in wheat as a delayed preemergence or postemergence application. And Zidua herbicide can be a tankmix partner for growers looking for extra residual activity on tough weeds in wheat. Learn more at on.basf.com/weedbp.