BASF now supporting the use of Ares herbicide on Clearfield lentils

Mississauga, ON, JANUARY 13, 2014 - Clearfield® lentil growers looking for maximum weed control have a new herbicide to add to their weed management toolbox. BASF Canada is now supporting the use of Ares® herbicide on Clearfield lentils.

“In our trials we found that Ares outperformed other products,” said Robert Hornford, Senior Technical Development Specialist, BASF Canada. “Ares raises the bar for  performance in weed control in Clearfield lentils both for the weeds present at spraying, and for subsequent flushes.”

With its easy-to-use liquid formulation, Ares provides a new active ingredient to give western Canadian lentil growers excellent control over a wide spectrum of grassy and broadleaf weeds including cleavers, lamb’s-quarters, wild oats, wild buckwheat, and volunteer canola.

“We tried Ares for the first time in one of our lentil fields and saw two key benefits,” says Curt Gessell, a lentil grower from Delisle, southern Saskatchewan. “The first benefit was the control of volunteer canola and the second benefit was the ease of mixing and handling. It really helped having only liquid products and made the mixing process a lot easier.”

Ares can be applied from the one- to nine-node stage on Clearfield lentils, providing growers with flexible weed management throughout the growing stages. With two active ingredients, Ares delivers reliable flushing control of select weeds, including Roundup Ready® and LibertyLink® volunteer canola.

“I would say that Ares is going to improve the Clearfield lentils system,” says Lucas Sutherland, a lentil grower in Eston, Saskatchewan. “The biggest concerns with lentils are weed control and harvest management.”

Crop rotations, including Ares and Clearfield lentils, can be an effective resistance management tool for grassy weeds. One year after an application of Ares, follow crops include canary seed, chickpeas, field peas, field corn, Clearfield canola, Clearfield juncea, spring wheat — including Clearfield spring wheat, spring barley, and tame oats. Durum wheat can be grown after two years.

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