New Starane Flex Provides Flexible Weed Control in Cereals-Pulse Crop Rotations

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Source: Dow AgroSciences

Thanks to new Starane Flex herbicide, cereals growers can now base cropping decisions on market opportunities, rather than having those decisions dictated by their weed control programs.

"For pulse crop and potato growers, effective weed control in wheat used to come at the cost of their flexibility," says Jim Parker, cereals herbicides portfolio marketing leader for Dow AgroSciences. "Starane Flex will help growers expand their crop decision window, allowing them to better react to volatile market conditions and improve their profit potential."

Starane Flex, which recently received federal label registration, controls the toughest broadleaf weeds, including large, more mature and ALS-resistant kochia; wild buckwheat; mustards; prickly lettuce; cleavers, volunteer canola and others. And it does so without carryover and at an affordable price.

"Starane Flex features excellent crop safety to wheat, barley, durum and oats," explains Harvey Yoshida, field scientist with Dow AgroSciences. "And because it relies on Group 2 and Group 4 modes of action, it helps reduce the likelihood of resistance development. Growers can rotate to any crop the following season, making it ideal for cereals-pulse/potato crop rotations."

There is no antagonism when tank-mixing with fungicides, including strobilurins, and Starane Flex herbicide is compatible with insecticides, allowing for one timely application when weed and insect control windows intersect. When broadleaf weed spectrums dictate, growers also have the option to tank-mix Starane Flex with MCPA or 2,4-D to broaden the control spectrum to include Russian thistle, pigweed, lambsquarters and other high-anxiety species.

Starane Flex is the eighth new herbicide from Dow AgroSciences since 2004, and is available to cereal growers in North Dakota, eastern Montana and the Pacific Northwest. To learn more about Starane Flex, visit

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