USDA has announced deregulation of a dicamba-tolerant trait for cotton and soybeans, which clears the way for the introduction of Engenia herbicide from BASF, the company said.
Engenia herbicide will control the broadleaf weeds post-emergence in dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybeans. A registration decision by the U.S. EPA for Engenia herbicide is anticipated to follow this deregulation milestone.
"BASF is committed to providing new technologies for growers, as shown by our $1.5 million per day investment in agricultural research," said Scott Kay, vice president, U.S. crop protection, BASF. "Through our continued commitment to innovation, BASF will bring to market its most advanced dicamba formulation, Engenia herbicide."
In more than 300 research trials completed in 2011 and 2012, Engenia herbicide demonstrated effective control of resistant broadleaf weeds, BASF says. When Engenia herbicide is used with other BASF residual herbicides, it has shown more than 95% control of both grasses and problematic broadleaf weeds.
"BASF has leveraged more than 50 years of technical expertise with dicamba to develop Engenia herbicide," Kay said. "Engenia herbicide will provide a much-needed new tool to help growers manage weed problems in dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybeans."
For more information on herbicide best practices, please visit BASF's stewardship website.