By Leonardo Gottems, Reporter for Agropages
BASF presented the Clearsol® 2 Plus herbicide (imazapyr + imazamox) at the 7th Argentine Sunflower Congress, organized by the Argentine Sunflower Association. It is a new product recommended for sunflowers with Clearfield® Plus technology, which provides "high efficiency in post-emergent weed control".
The new BASF herbicide, which is in the process of registration, is an evolution of two of its previous versions, Clearsol® Plus and Clearsol® DF. According to the manufacturer, the product represents a superior solution and is made up of imazapyr and imazamox, an active ingredient of BASF that makes it very soluble and provides greater power to control weeds, differentiating it from other products.
According to BASF, the problem of weeds is no stranger to the sunflower and is an important aspect while planning sowing, since weeds affect the crop from its initial development, and end up conditioning the yield and quality of the oil. "Therefore, it is important to have an adequate and efficient tool to combat them," said the multinational company.
"Clearsol® 2 Plus is a product that offers a superior solution for the control of weeds and, in addition, completes the palette of technologies that we have for the cultivation of sunflowers," said Aimar Pena, Manager of Corn, Sunflower, Sorghum, Rice and Cotton from BASF Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay.
Among the benefits it offers the producer, is the fact that it is a simple and effective system. "As a novelty, this product offers a range of doses through which the producer will have the option of adjusting the dose according to the pressure of the weeds and the persistence that he wants to achieve, thus providing greater residual control power and improving the quality of the harvest," added Pena.
In the same line, the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) is developing a methodology of analysis and evaluation that will determine the best options for rotation crops to be planted after Clearsol® 2 Plus is applied on the sunflower.
With this new launch, BASF has added to its solutions for agriculture being offered in order to provide more tools to the producer in the face of a challenging scenario with regard to sunflower cultivation, not only because of the weeds that affect the crop, but also because of the new opportunities for capture value in the global context that are very encouraging for the development of the crop in the country.
In the 7th Argentine Congress of Sunflower, more than 20 specialists analyzed topics relevant to the crop that is becoming increasingly important in the country because the production in Ukraine, the world's leading producer and exporter of sunflower cultivation, is reaching a ceiling in terms of yield and productivity. This generates new growth opportunities for other markets, such as Argentina, which is currently the fourth largest producer and the third largest exporter in the world. It is important to bear in mind that sunflower oil is becoming more and more important in the world and, consequently, its demand is growing.