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FMC’s Anthem Flex herbicide approved for use in potatoes

The EPA has approved a nationwide label expansion for Anthem Flex herbicide from FMC for use in potatoes. The company says with this label expansion, potato growers now have access to a new tool that delivers long residual control of more than 30 different broadleaf and grass weed species, including barnyard grass, foxtail, nightshade, pigweed and waterhemp.

Anthem Flex herbicide is a leading preemergent herbicide recognized for its long residual activity and low use rate. Enabling this long-lasting residual control of a wide weed spectrum are the two most effective modes of actions available for use in potatoes, which Anthem Flex herbicide is built on: carfentrazone-ethyl (Group 14 herbicide) and pyroxasulfone (Group 15 herbicide).

The herbicide has shown to have a 30% longer half-life in the soil compared to other Group 15 herbicides and the longest residual control of tough weeds. These characteristics allow Anthem Flex herbicide to deliver extended weed control into and throughout the summer months, resulting in cleaner fields. This also reduces the pressure placed on postemergent herbicides to control late-season weeds, like Johnsongrass, pigweed, nightshade and green and yellow foxtail.

“Growers are looking for consistent season-long weed control without complications, especially for increasingly difficult weeds,” says Kirk Sager, technical service manager for FMC. “By shifting the weed control application to a preemergence timing, Anthem Flex herbicide allows growers to be more upfront with their weed control and minimizes many of their worries, like weather, that are typically associated with postemergent herbicides.”

Source: FMC via AgriBusiness Global. Full story here
Image: Credit Jennifer Beebe from Pixabay

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