Proper use of new herbicide-tolerant systems
The On-Target Application Academy programs do not focus on the upcoming registration of Engenia but information about adjuvants, best practices for application, calibration, equipment clean-out, nozzle selection and demonstrations of plant biology and sprayer set up.
More than a dozen academy sessions have been held this year. “The On-Target Application Academy program is going to be expanded next year. We are working on the plans for 2013 and beyond,” said Daniel Pepitone, BASF, industry affairs manager. “As we make our plans, I can envision there will be more to discuss about Engenia, as we develop the label and best management practices, and as those get finalized for new products, there will be more of a focus on those in the academies.”
Steve Bowe, BASF, group leader for herbicides, biology research and development, said, “The On-Target Application Academies are really to provide an update for applicators and farmers on the latest technology and really go back to the principles of application and focus on core principles and how applicators can use the latest nozzles and electronics, GPS and other tools that are available to improve their application. It is really for pesticides in general, but herbicides more specifically. For the future, the academies will benefit the use of our dicamba products, but it goes for any of our herbicide products and our competitors’ products, too. It really is a stewardship effort for agriculture.”
Bob Wolf performs a calibration demonstration during an On-Target Application Academy. Pepitone noted how the company has improved the dicamba formulations over the years in going from Banvel to Clarity and Status and now the new Engenia that is awaiting EPA registration. Monsanto will be using the new dicamba formulation in its Roundup Xtend herbicide, which will be a combination of dicamba and glyphosate (Roundup).
“The new Engenia formulation does a good job of minimizing the volatility potential, and newer technology minimizes the potential for spray drift,” Bowe said. “There is a dramatic difference with the new nozzle technology that is out there. And then the use of deposition aids on top of that; those adjuvants that either increase the droplet size or reduce evaporation will allow maximum product on the weeds and minimize any off-target movement.”
The BASF spokesmen also stressed the other major aspect of their new product introduction and weed control system in conjunction with Monsanto—weed resistance management.