Price Cut on Popular Herbicide

March 5, 2010 05:45 AM
 
 
A price cut on Ignite herbicide has been announced in time for the 2010 season. Bayer CropScience is reducing the price for the herbicide in the range of 20%--effective immediately.
 
Ignite (glufosinate) is a nonselective herbicide alternative to glyphosate. LibertyLink corn, cotton, canola and soybean varieties enable growers to use Ignite for over-the-top weed control.
 
"The use of Ignite herbicide and the LibertyLink trait is fundamental in preserving the utility of glyphosate and glyphosate-tolerant crops as a viable crop production tool," says Andy Hurst, Bayer CropScience product manager for Ignite herbicide and LibertyLink. "Growers want to avoid weed resistance, yet maintain simple efficient weed management."
 
Ignite is also an effective burndown tool  in cotton, soybean, canola, corn and sugarbeet crops prior to emergence of glyphosate-tolerant crops.
 
Hurst says the company is fully committed to supplying Ignite herbicide to meet demand as crop acres with LibertyLink traits ramp up. The company has invested more than $150 million in expansion of Ignite manufacturing capacity to accomodate expected demand.
 
It's important for growers to remember that glufosinate (Ignite) and glyphosate are different herbicides. The ingredient names sound similar and the two products are alike in the fact that they provide broad spectrum weed control, lack soil-residual activity and requireherbicide-resistant crops for in-crop applications. However, they are distinctly different products.
 
Glufosinate inhibits a plant enzyme involved in the early steps of nitrogen assimilation. Because its target site is completely different than glyphosate, Ignite can control glyphosate-resistant weed populations like waterhemp and marestail. Spectrum of control is comparable for several weed species, but Ignite tends to be more effective on annual broadleaf weeds, while glyphosate is more effective on grasses.
 
For more information about Ignite herbicide and LibertyLink crops, growers can log on to www.LinkUp.BayerCropscience.us, contact their local Bayer CropScience representative or call 1-866-99-BAYER (1-866-992-2937).
 

 
You can email Pam Smith at psmith@farmjournal.com.
 

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