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New wheat herbicide available for 2020 from Bayer Crop Science

Luxxur herbicide targets wild oat and other problem weeds.

Luxxur herbicide from Bayer Crop Science is now available to cereals growers in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming for the 2020 growing season. Additional states may be registered for use in future growing seasons. 

Classified as a Group 2 herbicide, Luxxur herbicide is formulated with a precise combination of active ingredients optimized to control many grass and broadleaf weeds in spring, winter, and durum wheat fields, say Bayer officials.

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“Luxxur herbicide provides exceptional control of Group 1 resistant grasses, such as green foxtails, yellow foxtails, and wild oats,” said Matt Smith, customer business adviser at Bayer, in a Bayer news release. “It also works well for controlling Canada thistle and narrow-leaved hawksbeard, which are two especially problematic weeds for growers.”

“In trials, we’ve been pretty impressed with how well the weeds were controlled with Luxxur herbicide, even in drier conditions where the crop doesn’t canopy well,” said Carrie Pederson, northwest sales representative at Bayer, in a Bayer news release. “We’re seeing excellent weed control.”

Luxxur also offers rotational flexibility. “One of the main draws with Luxxur herbicide is the fact that farmers can rotate back to sensitive pulse crops, such as lentils in the following season,” said Pederson in the Bayer news release. 

Farmers can use Luxxur herbicide safely on all wheat. For optimal weed control, apply Luxxur herbicide between emergence and jointing, say Bayer officials. To maximize crop safety, growers should apply Luxxur herbicide before jointing. Spraying early helps growers maximize efficacy, tackling early emerging perennial and winter annual broadleaf weeds to help ensure a clean field, say Bayer officials.

“I’m excited because Luxxur herbicide gives growers another option for managing weeds,” said Smith in the Bayer news release. “Problems with weeds can grow exponentially, year after year. Luxxur herbicide is a new tool we have to combat those specific weeds cereals growers are dealing with.”  

“Some of our grass species are becoming more tolerant to glyphosate, so we have to constantly figure out other ways to mix it up and keep Mother Nature guessing,” said Pederson in the Bayer news release. “To minimize herbicide resistance development, I would recommend growers adopt a durum or spring wheat rotation with lentils and Luxxur herbicide is a really good fit there.”

For the 2020 growing season, Luxxur herbicide will be available in 80-acre cases. In addition, Luxxur herbicide is included as a herbicide in Bayer PLUS Rewards. 

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