10/09/14 - Adama introduces new herbicide solutions to tackle resistance in cereal crops and along fence lines

ADAMA has been working conscientiously on the development of new solutions for Australian farmers that address the ever increasing issue of herbicide resistance weeds.

"In keeping with our goal to help solve resistance issues and bring simplicity to Australian growers, Adama has released a new unique herbicide formulation this year called Triathlon which has been helping farmers control problematic and resistant broadleaf weeds in winter cereal crops," Adama Australia senior product manager Jock Leys said. 

"We have also developed a valuable new fenceline use pattern and registration for the herbicide Uragan, which provides very long term residual control of weeds along fencelines, including many resistant grass and broadleaf weeds."

Released just prior to this winter cropping season, Triathlon contains three active ingredients ( diflufenican, bromoxynil and MCPA) from three different herbicide groups (Groups F, C and I), making it an effective management tool for a range of broadleaf weeds as well as hard to control Wild Radish. Triathlon also provides residual activity to help control later germinating weeds for up to four weeks post application. 

Adama has also recognised the increasing importance of fencelines as a growing source of resistant weeds and has worked with the University of Adelaide to develop solutions. 

"Uragan, a long term soil-residual pre-emergent herbicide, was identified as the ideal candidate to address this issue," Mr Leys said. 

"Uragan gained a label extension for fenceline weed control earlier this year and can now be used for extended control of both grass and broadleaf weeds, including glyphosate resistant weeds, along fencelines."

Uragan contains bromacil and is ideal for use where hard-to-kill and resistant weeds are present because it belongs to the relatively uncommon uracil herbicide subgroup of group C herbicides. 

It is highly compatible with non-selective knockdown herbicides, allowing immediate control of existing weeds. Once in the soil Uragan acts to control germinating weeds for up to and even beyond 12 months, reducing the need for multiple herbicide applications. 

Uragan is absorbed mainly through weed roots. The level of control and duration of effect will depend on soil type, rainfall and application rate but weed control can often be achieved in excess of 12 months from a single application. 

"There is a definite need in the industry for a good long term solution for weed control along fencelines - and Uragan can deal with the majority of resistant weeds farmers might have," Mr Leys said. 

He also paid tribute to the team from the University of Adelaide, who helped get Uragan registered.

"Chris Preston, Peter Boutsalis and others have been very proactive in helping screen compounds and mixes and we are grateful for their support in helping register Uragan for this important use situation," he said.

Adama is a sponsor of the WeedSmart initiative.


For more information contact:

Jock Leys

Senior Product Manager

Email: jock.leys@adama.com