Upgraded Everest herbicide approved for Prairie wheat

A Group 2 herbicide to handle wild oats, green foxtail and various broadleaf weeds in Prairie spring wheat and durum has been reformulated with a "built-in safener."

Tokyo-based Arysta LifeScience last week picked up registration for its flucarbazone product Everest 2.0, for post-emergence use in wheat crops in the Prairie provinces and B.C. Peace region.

The label of the company’s retooled version of Everest herbicide, first introduced in the U.S. last fall, lists three additional chemicals as "preservatives."

The concentrated liquid formulation "gives growers an extra measure of crop safety in a wide range of conditions," Craig Brekkas, marketing manager for herbicides with Arysta LifeScience in Canada, said in a release.

Brekkas described the 2.0 version as "easy on wheat, but relentless on weeds and with such a wide application window and excellent tank mixability."

Wheat growers would apply the same amount of the active ingredient with the 2.0 version, only the rate has changed, Arysta said.

With the new liquid formulation, for instance, users would apply 19 to 24 millilitres per acre for wild oat and green foxtail control.

"Ease of handling is one of the biggest benefits of the new high-concentrated formulation," Brekkas said, noting one jug can treat from 76 to 134 acres depending on the rate, which "allows you to have fewer jugs and spend less time putting product into the spray tank."

The formulation and safener also make Everest 2.0 compatible with "multiple tank-mix partners," the company said.

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