DuPont's Finesse Grass and Broadleaf herbicide has been granted federal registration by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The action makes the product available to wheat growers for control of broadleaf weeds and troublesome grasses, including cheatgrass, annual ryegrass, and wild oat.

According to Marty Wojcik, DuPont cereals product manager, wheat growers can now get cost-effective, season-long control of a broad spectrum of troublesome broadleaf weeds and grasses in a single multi-pack application. “Because Finesse Grass and Broadleaf herbicide effectively targets wheat growers' toughest weed problems in a single product, they save money on the initial cost of their herbicides, plus they eliminate the labor and machinery costs of tank-mixing and multiple applications. One-pass weed control can make a big difference in the efficiency and profitability of small grains production.”

Wojcik said the convenience of using a single multi-pack product for grass and broadleaf weed control will eliminate the “confusion factor” associated with identifying and treating two very similar weeds.

“The cheatgrass and annual ryegrass complexes are easily confused with each other,” Wojcik said. “Until Finesse Grass and Broadleaf herbicide, there was no single solution that controlled both complexes; therefore, wheat growers had to use expensive tank-mixes to control both, assuming they had correctly identified the problem and were using the right tank mix.

“With Finesse Grass and Broadleaf, you get the control you need in a single, easy to use multi-pack that is more cost effective than comparable tank-mixes today. Plus, because the product controls both the cheat and ryegrass complexes as well as wild oat, you don't have to worry about whether or not you've identified the right weed. You know you've got the right product.

“Two other ways this product cuts expenses are the residual control and contact action it offers, plus the capability of applying it with up to 100 percent liquid fertilizer,” Wojcik added. “These features mean growers can make a single application of Finesse Grass and Broadleaf with liquid fertilizer in the fall.”

Wojcik explained that the single fall application gets grasses when they're young and more easily controlled. Additionally, the residual control handles later-germinating broadleaf weeds like wild buckwheat — and eliminates the need for additional herbicide or fertilizer applications.

According to Wojcik, Finesse Grass and Broadleaf herbicide can be applied to winter wheat in the fall or spring. It also can be applied anytime in the winter when daytime temperatures reach 40 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. The product should not be applied when the ground is covered with snow or ice.

The product is not available in all states. For more information, visit the finessegrassbroadleaf.dupont.com Web site.