Flumioxazin Takes Top Spot as Leading Preemergence Herbicide Active Ingredient in Soybeans

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (January 26, 2010)—Valent U.S.A. Corporation announced its active ingredient flumioxazin is most often chosen by soybean farmers using preemergence herbicides. Flumioxazin is the active ingredient used in Valor® Herbicide, Gangster® Herbicide and Valor XLT Herbicide products.

According to data from research firm dmrkynetec, more preemergence herbicide applications in 2009 included a flumioxazin-based product than any other active ingredient.

Jamie Nielson, Valent flumioxazin brand manager, said the strong surge in grower adoption is due to weed shifts that have occurred in the Roundup Ready® soybean system.

“Historically growers needed strong grass products so they used Prowl and Treflan. Now with the Roundup Ready system, growers are seeing a higher demand for effective broadleaf products,” Nielson said. “Flumioxazin’s strong performance on tough broadleaf weeds such as waterhemp, Palmer pigweed, marestail, ragweed and others has really been key to the adoption of this active ingredient.”

This news comes as more and more farmers are turning to preemergence herbicide applications to manage tough weeds.

“With preemergence herbicides quickly becoming the standard practice to help fight tough weeds, soybean farmers are demanding the best products with the longest residuals to give them the edge and, ultimately, help protect yield,” Nielson said. “Valor, Gangster and Valor XLT just don’t miss when it comes to fighting those tough weeds and helping keep soybean fields cleaner well into the season. That’s what has made flumioxazin the number one preemergence herbicide active ingredient—farmers trust its proven residual strength over other active ingredients and products.”

Valor, Valor XLT and Gangster are part of the strong lineup of soybean products from Valent U.S.A. Corporation: Domark® Fungicide, Cobra® Herbicide, Phoenix™ Herbicide, Resource® Herbicide, Select Max® Herbicide with Inside Technology™, INOVATE™ System and Belay® Insecticide.

Valent U.S.A. Corporation markets and sells seed protection, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, bioinsecticides, insect growth regulators, nematicides, baits and plant growth regulators for the agricultural, horticultural, turf and ornamental markets.

For more information about Valor, Valor XLT, Gangster, Valent U.S.A. Corporation or Valent’s full product line, call 800-6-VALENT (682-5368) or visit the Valent Web site at www.valent.com.

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