It’s official. Engenia herbicide from BASF now has a federal label issued by EPA for use on dicamba-tolerant soybeans. BASF has been testing this product and pursuing a label for a long time.
Xtendimax for Xtend dicamba-tolerant soybeans from Monsanto also received a federal label recently. These two products have key differences, and the labels are different as well.
Neal Bentley, BASF director of U.S. crop technology, and Chad Asmus, BASF technical marketing manager, recently addressed the significance of receiving the federal label, and clarified current stipulations on how Engenia can be used.
“This helps round out our total product portfolio,” Bentley says. “BASF has a powerful lineup of preemerge herbicides, a stable of inoculants and seed treatments, and powerful fungicide and plant health products. Now we can also offer a product which can help farmers control difficult and/or glyphosate resistant weeds. It should help them increase yields and increase their return on investment.”
Asmus adds, “Engenia brings another effective site of action for herbicides in soybeans and cotton. It features a new dicamba salt exclusive to BASF. This new salt reduces volatility by 70%.”
Here are nine points you need to know if you plan on using Engenia in 2017. This information was provided by BASF and was current as of Dec. 22:
- Nozzle tip. Right now only the TTI11004 nozzle is approved. It is the same nozzle approved for applying Xtendimax.
- Ground speed. The label specifies that ground speed must be less than 15 mph.
- Boom height. The boom must be positioned less than 24 inches above the target when spraying Engenia.
- Spray volume. The label specifies that you must apply more than 10 gallons of total spray volume per acre for Engenia applications.
- Tank mixes and adjuvants. This information will be updated as it becomes available at a special website at engeniatankmix.com. At last check, no information was listed on the site. BASF says that as EPA approves tank mixes, the information will be uploaded.
- Sensitive areas. The federal supplemental label spells out two restrictions:
- You must leave a 110-foot downwind buffer as needed, according to label directions.
- Identify sensitive crops and follow label directions.
- Wind speed. The label specifies requirements for four situations:
- Do not spray if the wind is blowing in the direction of neighboring specialty crop.
- If the wind is less than 3 mph, do not spray during a temperature inversion event.
- For wind speeds of 10 to 15 mph, do not spray if the wind is blowing toward neighboring, sensitive non-specialty crops.
- At wind speeds greater than 15 mph, do not spray.
- Sprayer clean-out procedure. The label requires triple rinsing and using a detergent-based commercial cleaner.
- Helpful resources
- Start at engeniaherbicide.com or agproducts.basf.us.
- Contact BASF salespeople or technical reps. There are 300 located across the U.S.
- Visit an On-target Application Academy sponsored by BASF. An online version of this academy is expected to be launched soon.