Oct. 31, 2018
By Leonardo Gottems, reporter for AgroPages
The herbicide Reactor 360 CS (Clomazone), a product developed for the control of large quantities of broad-leaved weeds (with residual effect) in sugarcane, was unveiled recently. According to the manufacturer FMC, the differential of the product is its microencapsulated formulation.
Christian Cesar Menegatti, product manager at FMC, explains that the microencapsulated clomazone is an "exclusivity that guarantees the protection of the herbicide molecule and provides better performance and safety for neighboring crops. Thanks to its unique formulation, Reactor is released gradually into the soil, providing a better performance in applications during the dry period, when compared to the unencapsulated generic formulation.
He explains that weeds can do great damage to sugarcane crops, which go far beyond infesting lines, as well as in-between cane lines. "They compete for water, light and nutrients, as well as being hosts to pests and diseases; not to mention some species that make mechanical harvesting difficult. Depending on the infestation and weed flora present, the losses can pass the 40% barrier", said Menegatti.
The herbicide Reactor has a wide spectrum of control in weeds of wide and narrow leaves in the cane field. "Our expectation is to extend the use of microencapsulated formulations, as they are more efficient and safer, making the farmer more productive and free of interference from weeds," noted Menegatti.