Sharpen for Sunflower Desiccation
Kent McKay – BASF Tech Service Rep
June 22nd, 2011
Deadwood, SD
Sharpen Introduction
 Common name: Saflufenacil
 Mode of action: PPO Inhibitor (14)
Kixor® Herbicide Family of Products
Dry WG
Use Rate: 1 oz/A
Liquid EC
Use Rate: 5 to 18 fl oz/A
Liquid SC
Use Rate: 1 to 3 fl oz/A
Dry WG
Use Rate: 1.5 to 2 oz/A
• Citrus
• Pome Fruit
• Tree Nut
• Corn (field & silage)
• Popcorn
• Grain Sorghum
• Soybean
• Cereals
• Corn
• Cotton
• Fallow
• Grain Sorghum
• Pulses
• Soybean
• Sunflower (desiccation)
• Soybean
• Pulses
A Family of Products to Meet Specific Market Needs
Kixor® Herbicide Family of Products
Dry WG
Use Rate: 1 oz/A
Liquid EC
Use Rate: 5 to 18 fl oz/A
WG
•Dry
Citrus
Use
Rate:
1 oz/A
• Pome
Fruit
Liquid EC
• Corn (field & silage)
Use Rate:
5 to 18 fl oz/A
• Popcorn
• Citrus
Tree Nut
• Pome Fruit
• Tree Nut
• Grain
Sorghum
• Corn (field
& silage)
• Popcorn• Soybean
• Grain Sorghum
• Soybean
Liquid SC
Use Rate: 1 to 3 fl oz/A
• Cereals
• Corn
Liquid SC • Cotton
Fallow
Use Rate: 1• to
3 fl oz/A
• Grain Sorghum
• Cereals
• Grain Sorghum
• Pulses
• Corn
• Pulses
• Soybean
• Cotton • Sunflower
• Soybean
(desiccation)
• Fallow
• Sunflower (desiccation)
Dry WG
Use Rate: 1.5 to 2 oz/A
Dry WG
• Soybean
Use Rate: 1.5 to 2 oz/A
• Pulses
• Soybean
• Pulses
Unique Chemistry
Innovation
Wide range of crop uses
Broad-Spectrum Broadleaf Activity
70+ of the toughest broadleaves including ALS, triazine,
and glyphosate resistant biotypes
Burndown, Soil Activity and Desiccation
Uses
One of the most flexible and versatile herbicide technologies
on the market today
Success in 2010
 Applied to over 10 million acres in 2010
 Largest herbicide launch in 2 decades
 Providing value to the channel and
farmer
Sunflower Desiccation and Harvest
Aid
 NDSU weed scientists extensive years of replicated
research trials
Desiccation trials on timing, rate, adjuvant trials
NDSU Fargo, Carrington, Minot
Encouraging and positive results to move a
Sharpen desiccation label for sunflower forward
Field Test Results
Sunflower Desiccation and Harvest Aid
 Sharpen Provides Thorough Preharvest Desiccation
Check
NDSU Trial 2009 Prosper, ND
Gramoxone Inteon™
Sharpen
7 DAT
Sunflower Desiccation and Harvest
Aid
 NDSU weed scientists extensive years of
replicated research trials
Desiccation trials on timing, rate, adjuvant trials
Fargo, Carrington, Minot
Encouraging and positive results to move a
Sharpen desiccation label for sunflower forward
 2009, the label was too late for any use, again
research results very encouraging
Sunflower Desiccation and Harvest Aid
 2010 first major use season
 Commercial applicators / growers excited to use
Sharpen for very friendly use product and not a
RUP
Field Test Results
Sunflower Desiccation and Harvest Aid
10 DAT Thief River Falls, MN Sept 2010
Summary of Challenges
Sunflower Desiccation and Harvest Aid
 BASF has not seen these challenges in earlier 2010
successful applications nor in prior years of
research.
 BASF logged alleged concerns on Sharpen
Herbicide Performance in Sunflower Desiccation,
and worked quickly with growers and applicators to
reach resolution.
 Based on the trends observed from the challenges
reported, some clear Critical Success Factors
emerged.
Sharpen Sunflower Desiccation
Critical Success Factors
 Water Volume
 More is better
 Label revised from 3 gpa to 5 gpa
 Adjuvant
 MSO @ 1 pt/A or MSO based HSOC @ 0.75 pt/A.
 AMS @ 8.5-17 lb/100 gal or 1.25-2.5 gal 28% UAN/100gal
 Application Timing
 Label allows application at physiological maturity
 If applied prior to PM, it will take longer to desiccate
Sharpen Sunflower Desiccation
Ongoing Research
 Small Plot Replicated Trials
 NDSU Fargo, Carrington, and Minot
 Evaluate adjuvant rates with and without glyphosate
tankmix
 Evaluate application timing
 Aerial Application Split Field Trials
 Evaluate various oil adjuvant rates
 Fifteen locations scattered throughout North Dakota, South
Dakota, and NW Minnesota
Questions
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