DiFlexx™ Herbicide Officially Added to Bayer CropScience Product Portfolio
Monday, February 16, 2015
By: Jeff Springsteen, DiFlexx Product Manager, Bayer CropScience
The last time George Roberts of Trivoli, Ill., used dicamba was 15-20 years ago. He knew dicamba called for more research, so he stopped using it. “With the unsafened dicamba, you had to be very careful in knowing your pedigree of your corn hybrids, because some hybrids metabolize it better than others,” he explained. “But with the safener, I don't think you need to worry about that anymore.”
With the EPA approving 2015 registration of DiFlexx™ herbicide, you are now able to apply dicamba and the highly effective CSI Safener.Though the strength of dicamba has been evident over the past few decades, so was the need for a reliable crop safener. In 2013 trials, dicamba controlled 97 percent of dicots but caused crop injury to 11.4 percent of corn. That’s why corn growers like Roberts appreciate DiFlexx.
DiFlexx handles tough weeds such as Palmer amaranth, waterhemp, ragweed and lambsquarter. It also manages more than 100 annual and perennial weeds, including those resistant to glyphosate-, PPO- and ALS-based herbicides. A fit in both pre- and postemergence programs, DiFlexx offers you a wide window of application, from burndown to V10, for ensuring complete broadleaf weed control and flexibility. DiFlexx also offers the option of using adjuvants such as MSO and COC even late post for enhanced weed control.
Compared to Status®
herbicide, another safened dicamba product, DiFlexx offers many advantages that Status cannot, including: a liquid formulation, pre and post application window, and the ability to safen amide products and burndown broadleaf weeds faster. DiFlexx also causes less brace root fusing and provides better standability. DiFlexx safens other ALS and HPPD chemistries as well.
Roberts had a positive experience testing DiFlexx at the V4 to V5 stage in 2014. He trial-ran the product on what he referred to as a “giant ragweed patch” and credits DiFlexx for wiping out the weed.
“DiFlexx solved the problem,” Roberts explained. “Not one giant ragweed got through, and I got down to two passes instead of four or five. Having a clean field is a big deal.”
Roberts plans to use DiFlexx on two-thirds of his corn in 2015. “After seeing DiFlexx and using it, I was enlightened on how good the product still is with the safener added to it,” he said. “And that makes it that much superior.”
For additional information regarding DiFlexx, Bayer CropScience innovation or other herbicide products, please contact your Bayer CropScience representative or call 1-866-99-BAYER (1-866-992-2937). To learn more about DiFlexx herbicide, visit http://www.DiFlexx.us.