Visitors to SALTEX can preview a new pre-emergence total herbicide submitted to HSE-CRD for approval and is expected by 2019.
Lewis Blois, Bayer national account manager, explains that ‘Project BES012’ will provide amenity contractors with broad spectrum weed control across a wide range of surfaces from open soil and gravel surfaces to fence lines and railway ballast, as part of a targeted treatment programme.
“The herbicide’s dual active formulation contains diflufenican and a new active ingredient for the UK, iodosulfuron-methyl-sodium,” he says.
“Used alone, it provides pre-emergence control, giving a residual barrier to prevent weeds from germinating and establishing. Alternatively, after the two-leaf post emergence stage, it can be mixed with glyphosate to enhance performance.
“This means the product can be used flexibly across different environments providing control against hard to manage weeds for up to four months.
“Using ‘Project BES012’ as part of an integrated vegetation management (IVM) programme can also help amenity contractors to minimise weed resistance. The combined active ingredients give a dual mode of action to reduce the chance of resistance occurring.
“Trials have shown that this product provides good control for even the hardest to tackle weeds, so I would encourage contractors to come and visit our stand at SALTEX to hear first-hand how it can be incorporated into programmes,” says Lewis.
Dr Colin Mumford, Bayer technical manager, will present a session at the event on 1 November at 1:20pm, on the changing face of vegetation management. Colin will discuss innovations within the sector and how legislation affects the development of new products.