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Viper - A New Herbicide Solution for Field Pea Growers for 2009


Latest herbicide from BASF delivers a new mode of action for weed control in field peas

BASF Canada has received registration for Viper® herbicide from the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA). With this registration, field pea growers have a new broad-spectrum herbicide that delivers a new way to control weeds in field peas.


“Weeds have a powerful new enemy and peas have a new ally,”stated Chris Vander Kant, brand manager for Western herbicides for BASF Canada. “Proven by its performance in 29 GrowForward™ Yield Challenge sites across Western Canada this past summer, Viper delivers terrific control of both grasses and broadleaf weeds with unprecedented rotational freedom.”Viper has a new mode action which delivers solid weed resistance management, for both contact and systemic weed control. As a result, this herbicide controls resistant biotypes of wild mustard and volunteer canola. Viper also has strong activity on resistant biotypes of kochia.


“The Viper did very well on everything, it was probably the cleanest peas we had,” said Mike Adelman, a grower from Strasbourg, Saskatchewan. “We’ll definitely be using Viper again next year and a lot more acres of it.”


Viper, which is registered for all soil zones across Western Canada, also offers excellent rotational freedom. The year following an application of Viper, pea growers have the ability to seed any type of canola (including Clearfield® XCEED™ canola), canary seed, chickpeas, corn, lentils (including Clearfield varieties), durum wheat, flax, spring barley, spring wheat, sunflowers (including Clearfield varieties), field peas and tame oats.


Viper controls such broadleaf weeds as cow cockle, green smartweed, lamb’s-quarters, redroot pigweed, shepherd’s-purse, stinkweed, volunteer canola (including Clearfield canola), volunteer lentils (including Clearfield lentils) and wild mustard, including resistant biotypes.


It also provides strong activity against cleavers, wild buckwheat and kochia, including resistant biotypes. In addition to wild oats, including resistant biotypes, Viper controls barnyard grass, green foxtail (wild millet), Persian darnel, volunteer barley, volunteer canary seed, volunteer durum wheat, volunteer spring wheat (excluding Clearfield wheat), volunteer tame oats and yellow foxtail. Viper also provides suppression of Japanese Brome grass.


“Viper is another example of a made-for-Canada innovation from BASF,” continued Vander Kant. “We’re committed to helping growers get the most from every acre and Viper reaffirms that commitment.” For more information on Viper visit www.agsolutions.ca and www.yieldchallenge.ca.


About BASF Crop Protection Division

With sales of €4.0 billion in 2010, BASF’s Crop Protection division is a leader in crop protection and a strong partner to the farming industry providing well-established and innovative fungicides, insecticides and herbicides. Farmers use these products and services to improve crop yields and crop quality. Other uses include public health, structural/urban pest control, turf and ornamental plants, vegetation management, and forestry. BASF aims to turn knowledge rapidly into market success. The vision of BASF’s Crop Protection division is to be the world’s leading innovator, optimizing agricultural production, improving nutrition, and thus enhancing the quality of life for a growing world population. Further information can be found on the web at www.agro.basf.com or follow us on twitter: www.twitter.com/basfagro


About BASF

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics and performance products to agricultural products, fine chemicals and oil and gas. As a reliable partner BASF helps its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global c hallenges such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF has approximately 97,000 employees and posted sales of more than €62 billion in 2008. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.


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