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EPA approves new Bayer corn herbicide

Corn growers now have access to a new herbicide option for their fields, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently approved Balance Flexx herbicide from Bayer CropScience, according to a company report.

Company officials say Balance Flexx controls more than 50 grass and broadleaf weeds with the power of Recharge. As little as a half-inch of rain during the growing season reactivates Balance Flexx, which can be applied from early pre-plant burndown through the 2-leaf collar growth stage (V2), officials add. Balance Flexx will be labeled for use in field corn production, corn grown for silage and on tolerant seed-corn inbreds.

"The new herbicide serves as a solution to protect field corn from weeds that have shown resistance to ALS-, glyphosate- and triazine-based herbicides," says Brent Philbrook, Bayer CropScience product development manager. "In our 2008 trials, we saw it take down some of the field's toughest weeds, including kochia and woolly cupgrass, while still providing excellent crop safety."

Balance Flexx contains the new proprietary Crop Safety Innovation Safener technology that enables the herbicide to be used on any soil type with a broad range of crop compatibility, Bayer officials add.

Balance Flexx works through the roots and shoots of weeds to provide burndown and residual control of weeds and grasses like marestail, common ragweed and barnyardgrass. "It's also flexible enough to serve as a solid set-up product in a sequential program with Ignite, Laudis or other postemergence herbicides," says Jeff Springsteen, Bayer CropScience product manager for selective corn and soybean herbicides.

For the 2009 growing season, Balance Flexx will be available with limited supply to growers in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas.

Corn growers now have access to a new herbicide option for their fields, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently approved Balance Flexx herbicide from Bayer CropScience, according to a company report.

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