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Dec. 13, 2016

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Dec. 13, 2016

Consolidated in the United States and Canada, where it has had a presence for over 50 years, Dow AgroSciences has now launched the Integrated Vegetation Management system in Brazil. According to the company, the management system is an efficient and sustainable solution for vegetation management below transmission lines and facilitates the application of herbicides registered especially for this goal.

The management treatment includes three agrochemicals for vegetation: the first is the herbicide based on triclopyr, formulation Garlon 480BR. The second uses an herbicide based on Picloram, formulation Padron. The final application is an herbicide based on a mixture of picloram + tri-clopyr, formulation Togar TB.

According to Valeska De Laquila, manager of special accounts at Dow, the vegetation developed in those areas can cause significant losses for energy companies, such as blackouts and fires. “The use of herbicides under transmission lines has the goal of controlling undesirable plants and, at the same time, preserving the native vegetation and biodiversity,” affirmed the executive.

Another environmental benefit of the management system is the reduction of CO2 emissions. By maintaining vegetation that does not interfere with the operation and maintenance of transmission lines, the soil is less exposed and, as a result, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced.

Leaving the soil less exposed avoids water evaporation and, among other benefits, retains all the beneficial nutrients in the land. “Vegetation management reduces environmental damage, such as erosion, soil compaction, furrow formation, and fragmentation of forest environments compared with conventional methods of mowing, largely used for the control of vegetation below transmission lines,” noted De Laquila.

Companies that can use the herbicides under the new vegetation management system should have the certificates NR10, NR12, and NR31, among others, and should obtain a specific certification issued by Dow AgroSciences, the maker of these products.

Source: AgroNews

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