FMC Corporation recently hosted a successful week of summer plot tours, highlighting in-field results from Anthem, Anthem ATZ, Authorityand Cadet herbicides as well as Hero and Capture LFR insecticides. Over 350 retailers, distributors and FMC team members attended the FMC plot tour events, which were scheduled from July 11-15 along the corn and soybean belt. Plots were hosted in Urbana, Ill.; Noblesville, Ind.; Ames, Iowa; York, Neb.; Tipp City, Ohio; and Beresford, S.D. FMC field researchers and technical representatives led the plot tours and presented product results along with trial data to date.
“Test plots hosted in various soil types and geographical areas allow FMC to gather additional research data, examine the efficacy and further develop our crop protection products,” said Bob Hooten, technical support manager for FMC Agricultural Products. “These plot tours are invaluable as they allow retailers to see firsthand the superior performance of what FMC has to offer, share results and discuss crop protection benefits and best practices.”
The plot tours also provided retailers with an opportunity to see in-field results of Anthem and Anthem ATZ herbicides, two new FMC herbicides expecting EPA approval by mid-year 2012. Anthem herbicide is a dual mode of action preplant, pre-emergence and early post herbicide for use in corn and soybeans. Anthem ATZ herbicide is a pre and early post application for corn that contains three modes of action for broader spectrum residual and postemergence control while managing weed resistant issues. In-field results for Anthem and Anthem ATZ demonstrated superior pre-emergence activity and residual control of many key grasses and broadleaf weeds. In addition, the herbicides demonstrated exceptional post-contact activity on several key broadleaf weeds, including velvetleaf, lambsquarter, waterhemp, pigweed and other Amaranthus species. Test plots also confirmed the excellent crop safety of these two new herbicides.
“We are excited for the launch of Anthem and Anthem ATZ,” said Yemel Ortega, product manager for FMC Agricultural Products. “The test plots provided strong in-field results on the efficacy of these herbicides. Anthem and Anthem ATZ will set a new standard for broad-spectrum long lasting weed control in corn and soybeans, providing growers outstanding convenience and application flexibility when they need it most.”
Authority and Cadet herbicides also demonstrated strong in-field results. Used as a fall burndown, early preplant, preplant or at-plant, Authority herbicides are available for a variety of geographies and provide outstanding residual control of tough weeds such as ragweed, pigweed, morningglory, waterhemp and lambsquarter. Used at low rates, the Authority line of products include: Authority Assist, Authority First, Authority XL and Authority MTZ. The Authority line of products is part of the Roundup Ready Plus Platform.
Recently made available as a preplant herbicide providing application flexibility, Cadet herbicide provides an effective answer for corn and soybean growers. As a preplant, in-crop and postemergence control herbicide, Cadet offers broadleaf weed control, resulting in better control for higher quality crops and yields. Also an effective tank mix partner, Cadet is safe on corn and soybeans with no tank contamination issues.
During the 2011 growing season, the technical support and product development groups at FMC Corporation established more than 50 demonstration plots to study the performance and efficacy of Anthem, Anthem ATZ, the Authority herbicide product line and Cadet. To learn more about FMC agricultural products, or for more information, please visitwww.FMCcrop.com.