Herbicides come in all shapes and size. With a variety of options available, growers have a decision to make. When choosing what to use on the farm, it’s important to select the right tool for the job. Powerful weed control is a must-have, especially with glyphosate resistance on the rise, but what other features should be considered?
Technical components of a herbicide’s formulation deliver additional benefits to growers. With Engenia™ herbicide from BASF, growers can utilize the powerful salt found at the core of its chemistry. It’s called the BAPMA salt, a completely new dicamba molecule designed specifically for dicamba-tolerant crops. The innovation of BAPMA is part of what makes Engenia herbicide the most flexible and advanced dicamba for dicamba-tolerant soybeans and cotton.
The BAPMA molecule has a heavier weight and stronger bond relative to DGA and DMA dicambas, helping to reduce volatility. When compared to DGA dicamba, BAPMA mitigates volatility potential by up to 90 percent.
“We are always looking for new ways to help growers succeed and wanted to provide growers with a completely new dicamba molecule in Engenia herbicide,” said Chad Asmus, Technical Marketing Manager, BASF. “The new formulation reduces volatility through advanced technology, rather than relying on additives.”
Asmus explained that improved volatility helps hold Engenia herbicide where it is applied after the sprayer leaves the field. The molecular weight of the BAPMA salt acts as an “anchor” for dicamba. Compared to DGA salts, BAPMA is a bigger, stronger “anchor,” improving its ability to root dicamba in place. The bond between BAPMA and dicamba is also stronger, which can be imagined as a tougher “chain” connecting the two molecules. Together, they make up the decreased volatility of Engenia herbicide.
“With the BAPMA salt, Engenia herbicide represents a major step ahead in the dicamba market even beyond efficacy,” said Asmus.
In addition to reducing volatility, the BAPMA formulation delivers a highly concentrated product. Engenia herbicide has a use rate of 12.8 fl oz/A, the lowest use rate of any dicamba product on the market. Low use rates pair well with direct injection spray systems, offering a host of benefits. With direct injection, applicators can avoid contamination of the main spray tank, simplify sprayer cleanout and effectively help manage buffer zones.
The formulation of Engenia herbicide has been engineered to allow flexibility in future tank-mixing options, including glyphosate, upon EPA approval. Visit engeniatankmix.com for a list of EPA approved tank-mix products.
The technical benefits of BAPMA combined with the effectiveness of dicamba create one herbicide option that is flexible and advanced. Using this pairing to their advantage, growers can navigate the 2017 season with a powerful tool that meets their needs in the field. To learn more about Engenia herbicide, visit engeniaherbicide.com.
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