Breakthrough Corn Herbicide Receives EPA Approval

Breakthrough Corn Herbicide Receives EPA Approval

Syngenta has announced that it’s received EPA approval for its corn herbicide, Acuron. The first sales of the product to U.S. growers will take place this year.

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In the U.S., herbicide resistance, notably to glyphosate, is increasing with infestations of broadleaf weeds in corn up 50% in the past four years. Acuron has been shown to improve control of more than 70 weeds that are increasingly difficult for growers to manage, such as Palmer Amaranth and Giant Ragweed.

Acuron incorporates bicyclopyrone, a novel chemical ingredient which is combined with three other active ingredients, to target a wider range of weeds than any existing product. The four active ingredients and three modes of action in Acuron deliver a multi-targeted approach to weed control.

Davor Pisk, chief operating officer of Syngenta, said: “As current herbicides such as glyphosate lose effectiveness, corn farmers have to spend considerably more per acre on crop protection. The most cost-effective solution is to use a high performing pre-emergent herbicide that stops weeds before they start. We’re delighted that we can now offer Acuron to U.S. corn farmers. It sets a new standard for weed control and will be critical in helping farmers make corn production more sustainable.”