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New Dow AgroSciences herbicide earns federal registration

Agriculture.com Staff 05/22/2007 @ 1:20pm

Dow AgroSciences announced Tuesday that it has received federal registration for SureStart herbicide, a new soil-applied foundation herbicide designed for use in Roundup Ready corn.

SureStart provides broad-spectrum control of early emerging grasses and both small- and large-seeded broadleaf weeds for up to six weeks.

"Because it can be applied from preplant up to 11-inch-tall corn, SureStart provides Roundup Ready corn a clean start from grasses and broadleaf weeds. University trials have shown these weeds compete for moisture, sunlight and nutrients, which reduce the yield and profit potential of corn," says Damon Palmer, product manager for Dow AgroSciences.

Three modes of action enable SureStart to control grasses and broadleaf weeds, including lambsquarters, waterhemp, pigweed, common and giant ragweed, nightshade, velvetleaf, foxtails, crabgrass and barnyardgrass.

Bruce Maddy, product technology specialist for Dow AgroSciences, recommends applying 1.5 to 2 pints per acre of SureStart as a preemergence application, though its flexibility allows applications any time from preplant up to 11-inch-tall corn.

"The use of SureStart is a critical first step in a two-pass program," Maddy says. "It allows growers to follow with a single post glyphosate application at a labeled rate to later-emerging weeds that are smaller, more uniform and easier to control."

Dow AgroSciences announced Tuesday that it has received federal registration for SureStart herbicide, a new soil-applied foundation herbicide designed for use in Roundup Ready corn.

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