In fact, far from it. Trials have shown Goltix Gold is actually even more effective on some hard-to-kill weeds. Fodder beet trials in Canterbury and red beet (beetroot) trials in Hawke’s Bay showed Goltix Gold was as efficacious as Goltix Flo for overall control of beet weeds and more effective on the hard to control weeds fathen and wireweed.
Crop-safe at pre-emergence and cotyledon stage, Goltix Gold is compatible with commonly used herbicides and insecticides, with no phytotoxicity or vigour reduction observed in any commonly used tank-mixture.
Safer handling and improved efficacy
There are also advantages in the simplified handling requirements. The change in formulation of Goltix Flo to Goltix Gold means that it is not required to be under the control of a Certified Handler, nor is tracking needed. What is more, Goltix Gold represents reduced risk to aquatic environments than other formulations and suitably qualified people are not required for mixing and loading.
The locations chosen for the Goltix Gold trials were highly tactical.
Canterbury along with Southland is where the bulk of fodder beet is
grown, and Blair Hopkins, ADAMA NZ National Sales Manager, says the
weeds encountered in trials were typical of the region. “There was a
pretty good mix of weeds, especially fathen and wireweed.”
Hawke’s Bay was selected as it is New Zealand’s largest beetroot producer.
The Goltix Gold registration has already been greeted with enthusiasm by distributors. Elisabeth Johnston, ADAMA NZ Marketing Manager, says the welcoming response to Goltix Gold is heartening, but not entirely surprising. “Distributors and growers are aware of the need to protect people working in agriculture, waterways and the environment. If they can do that with an even better performing product, all the better!”