DuPont’s new Breakfree NXT herbicides

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Corn growers have improved options for early season weed control this spring with updates to a well-known DuPont Crop Protection product line. DuPont has launched DuPont Breakfree NXT herbicides, new herbicides that deliver the same benefits as previous Breakfree products in improved formulations.

“The Breakfree herbicide family is known for providing cost-effective, early season weed control in corn,” said James Hay, business director, North America, DuPont Crop Protection. “Breakfree NXT formulations will give growers even better options for getting valuable crops off to a strong start this spring.”

Like their predecessors, flexible Breakfree NXT herbicides allow application from preplant to early postemergence (before corn is 11 inches tall) and can be used in conventional, reduced-till and no-till production systems. They mix easily with other labeled preemergence herbicides, such as DuPont Instigate, Prequel or Resolve Q for even broader-spectrum control. In two-pass programs, Breakfree NXT herbicides can be applied at reduced rates in preparation for Realm Q, Resolve Q, or Steadfast Q applications.

With three formulations to choose from, Breakfree NXT herbicides offer growers flexible options to control challenging grass and broadleaf weeds including barnyardgrass, foxtail lambsquarters, pigweed, ragweed and waterhemp (when used at the full rate).

· Breakfree NXT is an atrazine-free formulation that features a safener to protect young crops and give growers the option to apply at higher rates when targeting challenging broadleaf weeds.

· Breakfree NXT ATZ is an atrazine-based herbicide that provides cost-effective control of a variety of grasses and small-seeded broadleaf weeds.

· Breakfree NXT Lite provides valuable preemergence control of grass and small-seeded broadleaf weeds with a reduced rate of atrazine.

Hay said that while application rates have changed slightly, the new Breakfree NXT formulations fit seamlessly with current crop protection programs to help growers maximize results from every acre. They also are included in the TruChoice rewards program, which helps growers partner seed and crop protection products for the greatest economic advantage.

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Dan Martens    
Foley MN  |  March, 07, 2014 at 05:06 PM

Companies providing information about new herbicide products and mixtures should provide the common chemical names of all the components that are in the products so farmers and farm advisers have a head start with understanding the product. Internet newsletters and farm magazines should reguire that in articles and ads... if we really want farmers to be smarter about what they are doing in terms of managing weed resistance, using products wisely for the crop and the enviroment. I realize that might be a little contrary to popular marketing strategies. But a better marketing strategy might mean being a company that puts the cards on the table for their clientele. And I could be wrong. If I know this product has atrazine, metolachlor, and mesotrione in it, then its less of a mystery. I suppose the fear is that someone might be predisposed to disliking one of these and would be less interested in it. I guess I'm not the person who has made a success of managing a herbicide development company. At least in a "professional" internet ag newsletter it seems to make sense. Might be something to think about. Thanks.

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