BASF presents Zidua®, an innovative herbicide for corn and soybeans

Por Alurralde Jasper

Zidua® is a new herbicide for applications in pre-sowing, with a broad spectrum of weed control and 15 days more soil persistence than other residual herbicides.

In recent years the increase in the resistant weeds population has caused significant losses of the various crops. During the last campaign, an increase specifically in maize and soybean crops was detected, due to its rapid adaptability in different productive environments, leaving a large quantity of seeds that will have an impact on the rotation. The most frequent specimens are Chloris (Chloris virgata), Echinocloa (Echinochloa colonum), Yuyo Colorado (Amaranthus palmeri) and Black Branch (Conyza bonarensis), which affected approximately 40 million hectares.

In this framework, BASF brought together producers, distributors and technical referents of the sector at the Sheraton Pilar Hotel to present Zidua®, a new herbicide for applications in pre-sowing corn and soybeans with a broad spectrum of weed control.

During the event there was an opening by Aimar Pena, BASF Corn Crop Manager who highlighted: “The field trials carried out by technicians and scientists all over the world have shown that Zidua® offers preemergence control of the main grasses and pre and post emergent control of the main leaf weeds. In addition, it has demonstrated a long-term residual control that offers flexibility of application to the pre-sowing of the crop “. He added that the producer is benefited by a greater effectiveness in the post-emergent control since it is the product of greater speed and efficiency of control of the segment, and provides a great versatility thanks to the selectivity in the main crops, a shorter interval of application-planting of the segment, without restrictions of rotation crops and less dependence on climatic conditions

From a technical perspective, Zidua® is presented in a pack that combines two active ingredients. On the one hand, piroxasulfone that acts inhibiting the growth of weeds in germination process. It is absorbed mainly through the hypocotyl and coleoptile and secondly through the root of the seedlings of the weeds. This new active ingredient belongs to the family of Isoxazolines and represents a new class of herbicide chemistry. Its mode of action consists of the inhibition of “Very long chain fatty acids” and this represents a significant improvement that offers greater activity in the soil, reaching 15 days more persistence than other residual herbicides and control spectrum. The other active ingredient is Saflufenacil, recognized product of BASF for its high efficacy of control in post emergence early broadleaf weeds.

“After several years of development, we are very happy with the launch in Argentina of our new herbicide Zidua® that joins the Expert Program in Weeds as an innovative solution for the problems of producers,” concluded Agr. Pain.

With this new launch, BASF once again demonstrates its commitment to accompany the agricultural producer in the search for innovative answers to their problems.