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BASF expects new corn herbicide to receive registration later this year

BASF expects new corn herbicide to receive registration later this year

Surtain is the latest in the Kixor herbicide family

By Diego Flammini
Staff Writer

A herbicide manufacturer expects a new product to receive registration from the Environmental Protection Agency later this year.

BASF has worked on Surtain, which would be a member of the Kixor family of herbicides, for the last 10 years. The organization submitted for registration in August 2022 and is confident the product will receive registration in time for the 2024 growing season.

The company introduced the product to attendees of the Commodity Classic in Orlando, Fla.

The product combines a Group 14 PPO inhibitor, saflufenacil, and a Group 15 herbicide, pyroaxsulfone. Surtain provides application flexibility, allowing for pre- or post-emerge use up to the V3 stage.

The product can control or suppress up to 79 grass and broadleaf weeds.

Once it arrives on the market, Surtain will be the first solid encapsulation herbicide available to farmers.

“It allows us to utilize more Group 14s or PPOs like in that pre- and early post-(emerge) market,” Wade Firestone, product manager for BASF’s corn pre herbicide portfolio, told the Michigan Farm Bureau. “We’ve increased the application window, increased our crop safety post-applied without sacrificing efficacy.”

Surtain provides up to eight weeks of residual control on weeds like Palmer amaranth and waterhemp, he added.

BASF will conduct large-scale trials this summer and will have Surtain at plots throughout the Midwest.

Farmers are encouraged to contact their BASF reps to find out more information about Surtain.

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