On the heels of the Environmental Protection Agency’s reregistration of Engenia-brand dicamba, BASF has updated the label to reflect application changes. The company also hopes to launch two products that can be used in conjunction with Xtend crops.
The new Engenia herbicide registration includes updated label enhancements to further reduce the potential for off-target applications. They include:
• An approved pH buffering adjuvant to be tank-mixed with every Engenia application, eliminating any need to measure the spray mixture’s pH.
• A down-wind application buffer of 240 feet in counties without Endangered Species Act restrictions. The downwind buffer distance in counties with ESA restrictions is 310 feet.
• The new label includes calendar-based cut-off dates instead of growth-stage based application deadlines, simplifying its directions for use. The new cut-off dates are June 30 for soybeans and July 30 for cotton. Additional label updates can be viewed here.
BASF continues to work with the EPA and state agencies to create state-specific training materials. The company will offer training for the 2021 season to ensure farmers and applicators learn the new Engenia herbicide label requirements. Updates can be viewed here.
The company plans to launch Sentris buffering technology and Engenia Prime herbicide. Sentris, which will launch in time for use in the 2021 growing season, is a liquid buffering agent that when added to a dicamba spray solution will increase and stabilize the solution pH and reduce the potential for volatility.
It has also been proven to reduce the potential for tank-contamination by helping with spray system clean-out and hygiene.
Engenia Prime is a three-way mix of Engenia (dicamba — Group 4), Zidua (pyroxasulfone — Group 15) and Pursuit (imazethapyr — Group 2). Engenia Prime is not yet registered and is awaiting EPA approval.
BASF contributed information for this article.