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BASF's Status corn herbicide registered

Agriculture.com Staff 12/16/2006 @ 10:58am

Corn farmers will receive a new broadleaf weed option. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has registered Status herbicide from BASF.

"Status offers superior broadleaf weed control while providing growers peace of mind with crop safety and simplicity," says Leon Duchene, Status product manager for BASF.

Status is based on three key components: active ingredients dicamba and diflufenzopyr, as well as a patented safener, isoxadifen. BASF officials say when combined, these ingredients enhance control of all major broadleaf weeds in corn with a high degree of crop safety.

"What we're finding is that the addition of the safener isoxadifen is making this a much more useable product, decreasing the risk of crop phytotoxicity considerably, and therefore, I think, it makes a much more useful product from the grower perspective," adds Mike Owen, Extension weed specialist at Iowa State University. Owen is one of the university researchers who conducted trials on Status.

A tank-mix partner with glyphosate, Status can be used in both Roundup Ready acres and as a stand alone for broadleaf weed control on conventional corn acres. Status controls weeds such as lambsquarters, buckwheat, kochia, giant and common ragweed, cocklebur, pigweed species, velvetleaf, ladysthumb and nightshade.

Duchene adds Status will also help manage the spread of glyphosate resistance. He adds it has a wide application window, works with a wide variety of adjuvants, and offers crop rotation flexibility.

Corn farmers will receive a new broadleaf weed option. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has registered Status herbicide from BASF.

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