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Agribusiness: Bayer launches Ignite herbicide

U.S. growers do have a non-selective alternative to glyphosate. New Ignite 280 SL herbicide, for all LibertyLink crops, controls more than 120 broadleaf weeds and grasses, including tough-to-control, ALS- and glyphosate-resistant weeds.

Bayer CropScience announced the launch of Ignite herbicide at the 2008 Ag Media Summit July 29 in Tampa, Fla.

Ignite is registered for use on all LibertyLink crops — FiberMax cotton, InVigor canola, LibertyLink corn, including all Herculex and Agrisure CB/LL hybrids, and new LibertyLink soybeans, which are on target to be available for the 2009 season.

“Ignite is a new, more powerful, cost-effective formulation for use on all LibertyLink crops,” says Andy Hurst, Bayer CropScience product manager for Ignite herbicide and herbicide-tolerant traits. “Ignite and the LibertyLink trait allows growers to effectively manage weeds while farming the way they want.

“Plus, it provides growers an excellent means for which to rotate non-selective herbicides to effectively manage weed resistance and preserve the utility of herbicide-tolerant technologies.”

With Ignite herbicide and the LibertyLink trait, growers enjoy similar benefits of glyphosate-tolerant systems, and the added benefit of a unique mode of action to combat glyphosate- and ALS-resistant weeds. In addition, growers can continue to farm with less tillage, saving labor and equipment.

Ignite controls weeds in days, not weeks, including Palmer amaranth, marestail, morningglories, woolly cupgrass, velvetleaf, cocklebur, foxtails, ragweeds and waterhemp, along with ALS- and glyphosate-resistant weeds. Globally, there is no documented weed resistance to Ignite.

For best management of weeds, a pre-emergence herbicide and timely applications of Ignite, when weeds are no more than 4 inches tall, are strongly recommended. To further combat resistance, Ignite can be tank-mixed with most other crop protection products, including complementary residual herbicides.

On target to be available for the 2009 season, LibertyLink soybeans with new Ignite herbicide is the only non-selective alternative to the Roundup Ready soybean system. The LibertyLink trait provides built-in tolerance to the powerful, postemergent weed control of Ignite with no yield drag or lag.

To learn more about how these new innovations can fit into your management plans, contact your local Bayer CropScience field representative or visit

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