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High strength re-formulation for popular broadleaf herbicide

Published on 16/01/2014

The new double strength patented formulation of Dow AgroSciences' widely used broadleaf herbicide not only comes with
twice as much active ingredient but offers improved handling and performance as well, the company says.

And there's the added selling benefit of it being the only formulation of its type on the market.

Dow AgroSciences marketing manager Nick Koch says while there's no shortage of post patent clopyralid herbicide options available to New Zealand farmers these days, the Versatill brand remains the best known and one of the most widely used.

Containing 600 g per litre of the active ingredient clopyralid present as the dimethylammonium salt, new Versatill PowerFlo now offers retailers an opportunity to leverage that brand awareness with a unique formulation upgrade.

"Because it contains twice the amount of active ingredient as the original Versatill, farmers and contractors only have to use half as much herbicide as they used to with the old formulation.
"That has real practical benefits in itself - particularly regarding less packaging, easier disposal and less product to store, transport and apply. But our formulation chemists have also managed to achieve some other significant improvements with Versatill PowerFlo that make it that much better.”
Case in point? Even though its twice as concentrated, it's less viscous than its predecessor, making it much easier to pour, mix and pump even during low winter temperatures, he says.
And while the recommendation is still to delay application if rain is expected with three hours, simulated rainfall trials conducted in
glasshouses at the Dow AgroSciences New Plymouth research station have demonstrated improved rain fastness.
"This means your customers can have greater confidence that Versatill PowerFlo will perform in conditions where inclement weather is likely.”
Versatill PowerFlo is a systemic grass selective herbicide for the control of hard to kill broad leaf weeds in pastures, cereals, fodder crops, forestry, turf, and in other crops as per the directions of use.
Pack sizes are one, five, 10, 20 and 100 litres.

For more detail contact your Dow Agro- Sciences territory manager.

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