Tuesday - September 19, 2017

New technology controls weeds for six months

Alion® registered for apples and grapes // // Alternative mode of action // Controls grass and broadleaf weeds

Auckland 19 September 2017 – Controlling weeds in New Zealand’s apple and grape crops will become easier this growing season with the release of new, long-lasting technology from Bayer.


The company is in the process of releasing Alion®, a long-lasting pre-emergent herbicide that controls a broad range of grass and broadleaf weeds.


Bayer horticulture specialist, Chris Miln, says weeds not only compete for water, light and nutrients, but also require significant time, energy and expense to control.


“A grower’s livelihood can be dependent on successfully controlling weeds because they can damage crops, reduce yields and be a hindrance when harvesting. Each weed can produce thousands of seeds, which can germinate in soil for up to 40 years, depending upon the weed.


“That’s why the pre-emergent technology in Alion is so important. Bayer scientists have developed an alternative mode of action that effectively inhibits germination and weed emergence that can last up to five to six months,” says Miln.


Another important aspect of Alion is its application rate – only 75g of active ingredient per hectare, compared to other products, which can require up to 3kg of active per hectare.


“We believe it’s the lowest rate for its registration in the market, which is great news for farmers and the environment. Alion is not only highly effective at low rates, but has a good environmental and safety profile.”


Miln says a further benefit of Alion is its ability to control ryegrass, particularly in areas where the weed has become resistant to glyphosate.


“This was an important discovery we made during trials in New Zealand where Alion demonstrated excellent pre-emergent control in ryegrass resistant to glyphosate.


“Essentially it means that growers only have to spray once per season to control weeds for six months, allowing them to get on and do other important jobs,” adds Miln.


For more information on Alion visit: https://www.cropscience.bayer.co.nz/products/herbicides/alion


Alion is registered pursuant to the ACVM Act 1997, No P9421, and is approved pursuant to the HSNO Act 1996, No. HSR101193.




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