Reviton is the name of new Group 14 herbicide being developed by Helm Agro US

Reviton is a nonselective Group 14 herbicide for preplant burndown and desiccation markets.

Helm Agro US Inc. has announced that Reviton will be the name of its new Group 14 (PPO inhibitor) herbicide that’s currently under regulatory review by the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Helm Agro US officials say the herbicide has a novel active ingredient called Tergeo. A nonselective herbicide for the preplant burndown and desiccation segments, Reviton will be one of the first new PPO herbicides to be introduced in the U.S. in more than a decade, say company officials. 

New Molecule Discovery

The new molecule was discovered by Farm Hannong, a Korean agrochemical company, and has been globally commercialized as a joint development with Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha, Ltd, a Japanese agrochemical company. 

Earlier this year, Helm Agro US and Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha entered into a long-term collaboration for the commercial development of Reviton herbicide, which contains the novel molecule, exclusively for the U.S. crop protection market.

The U.S. launch of Reviton is anticipated later this year following federal and state registrations for use in field corn, cotton, soybeans, and wheat, say company officials. According to Helm, additional crop registrations are to be expected. 
In more than 700 North American product development trials and regulatory studies, Reviton has demonstrated high-performance ratings in burndown control for more than 50 broadleaf and grass weeds, including ALS, triazine, and glyphosate-resistant species, say company officials.

Helm officials describe Reviton’s active ingredient as being fast-acting with effects occurring within 24 hours after application. 

Additional characteristics of the breakthrough herbicide include an ultra-low use rate, tank mix compatibility, crop rotational flexibility and expanded use as a desiccant for cotton, say Helm officials. 

The Group 14 herbicide will be formulated as a suspension concentrate following EPA clearance for commercial activities, say company officials. 

Dave Schumacher, president of Helm Agro US, says Reviton is a next-generation chemistry designed to solve growers’ toughest weed control challenges across a wide range of crops and geographies. 

“At a time when few new herbicides are being brought to market, Reviton is truly breakthrough technology,” he said in a company news release. “The performance of Reviton in field trials has been impressive. Growers and retailers will be excited once they see the product in action.”

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