A brand new molecule, Arylex™ active makes its debut before Britain’s arable farmers at the Cereals event in the form of the first product to simplify broad-leaved weed control – Pixxaro® EC .
Arylex active is the first molecule to be introduced for broad-leaved weed control into the UK for many years. It offers rapid, dependable weed control across the spraying season, almost regardless of the weather.
Arylex active quickly passed new, stricter EU regulations because of its outstanding profile for crop, environment and operator safety as a result of low use rates combined with rapid degradation in soil and plant tissues.
“Arylex cuts through the traditional limitations associated with other synthetic auxins,” explains Dow AgroSciences’ cereals herbicide specialist Stuart Jackson.
“It works in cold and warm weather and it works when weeds are growing fast, slow, or in a stop-start fashion.”
Pixxaro contains both Arylex and fluroxypyr, the tried and tested ingredient in Spitfire® and Starane® products. The combination tackles key weeds such as cleavers, poppy, cranesbill, fumitory, chickweed and fat hen.
“Quite simply, Arylex active in Pixxaro EC redefines what a true broad-spectrum weed control product can achieve,” says Mr Jackson. “At a time when broad-leaved weed herbicides – such as HBNs – are being withdrawn we are excited to be bringing a new active ingredient into the UK.”
Robust efficacy is delivered throughout the whole application window which can start as early as 1 February or at growth stage (GS) 13, running up to GS45 (second node visible) in winter-sown crops. For spring cereals, applications commence from 1 March.
In trials, Pixxaro EC has outperformed sulfonyl-urea products against dead-nettle, fumitory, fat hen, cleavers, fumitory and volunteer beans.
“Pixxaro EC will set new standards for flexibility and reliability,” Mr Jackson adds.
“With no ALS chemistry in the product, there are no restrictions on tank mixing or sequencing and no major following crop restrictions.”
Recommended application rate is 0.5 litre/ha plus an adjuvant in 100-200L/ha of water using a medium spray quality through a range of nozzle types.
Excellent multi-way compatibility allows the product to be used with a wide range of graminicides and fungicides to reduce the busy spring workload.
Keen to see the product in action, growers and agronomists will be visiting the Dow AgroSciences stand (716) at the Cereals Event on 14 and 15 June where this year’s theme is ‘Relax. It’s Arylex’.
Trial plots at the stand have been treated with Pixxaro EC, which is just the first of many products from the Arylex stable.
“Uses for Arylex active are being developed in a range of crops worldwide,” says Mr Jackson.
“In other countries, users of this new active ingredient have seen new standards set for control and UK growers who have tried the product this spring have seen a real difference compared to previous standard products.”