BASF submits registration application for Engenia herbicide

• Farmers will be able to use Engenia, in combination with other herbicides and agronomic practices, in an effective, weed control system enabled by dicamba-tolerant crops currently in development.

Farmers are one step closer to an innovative solution that will help manage tough weeds, maintain advances in conservation-tillage practices and enhance productivity.

BASF Crop Protection has announced the submission to regulatory agencies in the United States of the registration application for Engenia herbicide, a technologically advanced dicamba formulation.

Farmers will be able to use Engenia, in combination with other herbicides and agronomic practices, in an effective, weed control system enabled by dicamba-tolerant crops currently in development.

“Farmers fighting against herbicide resistance have an important new tool in Engenia, which, field research shows, will offer excellent weed control and crop safety, as well as low-volatility characteristics for improved on-target application,” said Paul Rea, vice-president, U.S. Crop Protection, BASF.

Engeniawill deliver broad-spectrum burndown of more than 100 annual broadleaf weeds, including tough, glyphosate-resistant weeds like Palmer amaranth, waterhemp, marestail, velvetleaf, morningglory and giant ragweed. In fact, field research demonstrates that Engenia is more effective than 2,4-D on many problem weeds, such as velvetleaf, marestail, giant ragweed and morningglory.
 


A registration decision by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for Engenia is anticipated in a parallel time frame with commercialization of a dicamba-tolerant soybean system.

Commercialization of the dicamba-tolerant system for soybeans is expected in the U.S. mid-decade, with cotton, corn and canola to follow.

“Farmers have only a few post-applied herbicide options in soybeans,” Rea said. “Engenia offers an additional site of action for post-emergence control, and can also be used pre-emergence in dicamba-tolerant soybeans, giving farmers maximum application flexibility to target key weeds.”

As the industry’s leading dicamba innovator, BASF utilized its technical expertise to develop Engenia, which offers improvements in performance and physical characteristics of dicamba that further minimize potential volatility. As with any post-emergence herbicide, proper application techniques are critical for managing spray drift and maximizing on-target performance.

For more information on herbicide best practices, please visit http://agro.basf.us/stewardship/herbicide-best-practices.html.

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